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An Ohio police chief who died of a drug overdose is believed to have stolen fentanyl from the station’s evidence room.

James Hughes Jr, 35, was found on the floor of his bathroom by his wife in May and was pronounced dead soon after.

An investigation saw police seize three syringes; one with fentanyl inside, one which tested positive for the opiate, and one which was empty, as well as a sandwich bag which tested positive for cocaine.

The article goes on to state the following:

Reynoldsburg Police Department Lieutenant Ron Wright told the Detroit Free Press packaging also found at the scene indicated the drugs may have been evidence for the department’s cases.

Hughes, who had been chief for only two months, is believed to have acted alone in his theft.

Wright told NBC along with the opened evidence package, closed packages of heroin, more fentanyl, and LSD were also found inside his Reynoldsburg home.

The father of three became police chief less than a week after his predecessor quit. Hughes earned $14 an hour working 20 hours a week – but the village had recently decided to increase his hours to 32 per week.

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