Frankfort Police Officer resigns amid alleged connection to bourbon thefts and steroid trafficking
Police say evidence indicated officer may have been in violation of City of Frankfort policies, but wouldn't elaborate.
Wednesday, April 29th 2015, 4:20 pm EDT by
Wednesday, April 29th 2015, 10:41 pm EDT
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Another twist to the case involving the massive theft of Kentucky bourbon.
Investigators say a Frankfort police officer is connected to the large bourbon thefts and steroid trafficking. His name is Officer Michael Wells. Frankfort Police say he resigned on Monday.
Frankfort Police say as a result of allegations raised in the bourbon theft from local distilleries and steroid use, it conducted an internal investigation on Officer Michael Wells. Police say evidence indicated Wells may have been in violation of City of Frankfort policies, but wouldn't elaborate. He had been with the department for 10 years as a patrol and DARE officer.
Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton said last week, "This has been six weeks that these guys have worked anywhere from 10 to 18 hours a day for 6 weeks straight, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday." Melton says this was a "huge investigation, lots of hours, lots of time."
Last week, the Franklin County Sheriff
. The suspects include a Wild Turkey employee and two Buffalo Trace Distillery employees. Investigators believe Gilbert Curtsinger was the ring leader.
Search warrant documents obtained by WDRB, show Curtsinger's cell phone logs include numerous calls and text messages with Wells.
Investigators say "it appears Mr. Curtsinger is placing his anabolic steroid order with Mr. Wells who will then order the steroids online."
In the documents, the theft ring is discussed as well as how a suspect says his co-worker "'sold some whisky to some cops in Frankfort and that they were running around together and they're all supposed to be steroid freaks."
Investigators believe Wells' cell phone contains "further evidence of steroid trafficking and theft of bourbon and sales of stolen bourbon barrels."
Authorities say 17 wooden barrels of bourbon, 20 cases of Pappy Van Winkle and one stainless steel barrel of Eagle Rare worth around $12,000 were all recovered.
Frankfort Police say accusations alleging others in the Police Department being involved in the bourbon theft and illegal use of steroids are not true.
We're told some of the bourbon barrels will have to be destroyed. Investigators hope the unopened barrels could be returned to the Van Winkle family.
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