DENVER – A former Aurora police officer suspected of providing a woman with methamphetamine and a pipe while working at Aurora Medical Center in March has been charged with a drug offense, court records and the police chief confirmed on Wednesday.
Josiah Coe, 32, faces one count of distributing a Schedule I or II controlled substance, a Class 3 drug felony, and one count of official misconduct, a Class 2 misdemeanor. Court records show he had a status hearing in court Wednesday morning and had a personal bond of $ 5,000.
According to a probable cause affidavit in support of a search warrant drafted by a Colorado Bureau of Investigation officer, the charges stem from a March 4 incident that a woman told Aurora police in a report. official complaint on March 31. through CBS4 and The Sentinel.
The 34-year-old told investigators that an agent working at the hospital – later identified by investigators as Coe – gave her around $ 20 worth of methamphetamine, along with a new pipe, as she left hospital that day.
In several interviews with Aurora and CBI investigators following the initial complaint, the woman, whom Denver7 does not identify, said she met Coe in December at the medical center, where she had visited more a dozen times over the past few months for substance. abuse treatment.
She told investigators that she and Coe had met seven or eight times during that time and that they were going to smoke cigarettes together and talk about her life.
According to the affidavit, the woman had been taken by ambulance to Aurora Medical Center in the early morning of March 4 for alcohol withdrawal, she was released, went to a nearby drug rehab center and returned to the hospital. hospital to call a Medicaid. Taxi to bring her home.
While waiting for the cab, she and Coe smoked a cigarette together, during which time Coe told her she could steal alcohol from a liquor store because “it’s just a ticket.” And “you have to get your dose somehow,” the affidavit says.
Shortly after, according to the affidavit, the woman saw a security guard at the police office at the medical center open a cabinet that contained a torch often used to smoke methamphetamine. As she continued to wait for her cab, Coe came from near the police station with a package wrapped in a blue bandana and handed it to her, according to the affidavit.
He told her that the package had just been confiscated from someone else and said, “I don’t do this for a lot of people, I only do this for the ones I love”, as well as: “I like you… but you owe me… but it’s not nothing bad,” the affidavit states.
When she unwrapped the bandana, she found the bag of meth and pipe inside. She told investigators that she took it home and smoked it.
Investigators watched security video from that day to watch Coe hand over the package to him and speak with the security officers who were there that day, which corroborated that Coe had received the pipe and drugs from the ‘one of the security guards. Aurora investigators discovered that Coe never put the items in police evidence.
In early April, as the investigation continued, CBI resumed the investigation after determining that there was a “high probability that a crime had been committed,” the affidavit states.
The CBI officer leading the investigation wrote in the affidavit that a police sergeant from Aurora, president of the police union, spoke with Coe and was told that Coe had been put on administrative leave. According to the affidavit, on April 21, Coe told Sears, “I f — ed up… I gave somebody drugs. The affidavit states that the sergeant also spoke with DPA chief Vanessa Wilson and said Coe “was remorseful and he felt horrible that he made the mistake of providing drugs.”
The CBI officer wrote in the affidavit that after this April 23 conversation he learned that Coe had resigned from the ministry.
Chief Wilson said in a statement Wednesday that the department “will not tolerate anyone who dishonours the badge we wear” and thanked the woman who reported Coe’s behavior.
She said Coe’s personal file will show he would have been fired had he not resigned.
“Even though Agent Coe resigned before I could take formal disciplinary action, I have asked our internal affairs office to continue and complete their investigation into these allegations so that they can be documented in his personnel file.” Wilson said in a statement. declaration.