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Local officer busted on drug charges, brother assisted in sting

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(KMOV) -- A Winfield, Missouri police officer is accused of trying to buy cocaine while in uniform.

According to police, Officer Bud Chrum’s brother Tony was arrested Friday night while allegedly purchasing two grams of cocaine. Authorities say after his arrest, Tony agreed to work with police to bust his brother Bud.

Sources say 38-year-old Tony Chrum arranged a meeting with his brother and wore a wire when the two met outside of a Troy, Missouri business.

Investigators intercepted when Tony passed the cocaine to his brother, who was wearing his police uniform at the time. Police say Officer Chrum recognized one of the investigators during the sting.

Officer Chrum claimed he was buying the cocaine to replace drugs he had accidentally destroyed from a previous case.

The City of Winfield immediately terminated Bud Chrum, and the city attorney released the following statement: "We are working in conjunction with the prosecuting attorney and the Missouri Highway Patrol to investigate evidence tampering, and we are conducting an audit of the evidence locker and procedures for the Winfield City Police Department."

Officer Chrum is being charged with Conspiracy to Distribute, Deliver, or Manufacture a Controlled Substance.  He is currently being held at the Lincoln County Jail on a $ 25,000 Cash Only Bond. 

 

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