Former Police Officer Arrested on Felony Drug Possession Charge

A former police officer in Billings, Montana, who was suspended for a felony drug crime is facing brand new criminal charges, according to a report from the Helena Independent Record.

Sources say 43-year-old Edwin Les Young, who was a member of the Billings police force from 1997 to 2009, has been charged with felony drug possession, and his bond has been set at $7,500.

According to reports, Young was arrested this weekend after trying to get into West High School. Young’s intentions were not clear, but at the time of his arrest, he “appeared to be intoxicated” and had three oxycodone pills in the pockets of his jeans.

Young was arrested by David Firebaugh, a former colleague of Young’s who was working as an undercover officer at the high school, sources say.

The arrest comes just a few months after Young was sentenced to three years in prison after being found guilty on two charges of forging drug prescriptions with fake signatures. These sentences, however, had been deferred, to the credit of his criminal defense attorney.

Sources say Young was suspended from the Billings police force after he was accused of forging drug prescriptions in order to obtain oxycodone. In addition to his deferred prison sentences, Young was also told he had to complete a Veterans Treatment program and pay a fine.

Young eventually took a “medical retirement” from the police force and apparently has been unable to successfully treat a serious substance abuse problem.

Court records say the former police officer suffers from “extreme mental or emotional distress” stemming from post-traumatic stress disorder that originated during his time in the military and in law enforcement. Young also reportedly suffers from extreme physical pain.

The former officer, however, continues to try the patience of Montana courts. A few weeks ago, Young was arrested for failing to report to his probation officer. Fortunately for him, prosecutors did not ask for a revocation of his suspended sentence.

Young’s latest arrest, however, has convinced prosecutors to seek to convince the judge that the suspended sentence should be revoked, and that Young should have to serve his prison sentence.

And the news only gets worse for Young. In addition to the revocation of the previous sentence, prosecutors may also charge Young as a “persistent felony offender” in his new case.

If they successfully charge Young under this category, Young could face a sentence enhancement of up to 100 years in prison, according to sources.


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