“You want to turn him over your knee and paddle him,” Oklahoma Police Chief on former officer found growing pot

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COMANCHE,Okla. -- A former police officer is arrested for growing an illegal cash crop. The suspect once worked as a reserve officer for the town of Comanche, just south of Duncan. Roy Bryan Collinsworth resigned from Comanche Police last July.

The police chief, his former boss, says he is absolutely in shock. "I hope it's not true," Mike Jones, Comanche Police Chief says.

Stephens County District Attorney Jason Hicks says they found Collinsworth growing marijuana plants.

"District Six Drug. Violent crime task force received information over this last weekend that there was somebody providing marijuana to folks and citizens inside the city of Comanche," Hick said.

"That's what's tough about being in law enforcement, is when somebody you know and I've associated with for a long time and then something like this happens. It's just total, total shock," Chief Jones said.

Police first went to Collinsworth's business, Red Hot Liquor, off Oak Main Ave. in Comanche.

"When they first approached him, they approached him at his business. He visited with them and he was able to relay to them that no, absolutely it was not me, I wouldn't do anything like that," Hicks says.

Collinsworth allowed investigators to search his liquor store and nothing turned up. But when officers went to a different building nearby, they say that's where they found the plants.

"The officers went in and they found approximately 23 marijuana plants along with all the soil, all the fertilizer you need to grow, lights. It was blacked out, on the inside of this room there were lights, various lights scattered throughout the interior of this building to allow the plants to thrive," Hicks said.

The information left Chief Jones speechless; he's known Collinsworth for 12 years.

"He resigned in July of 2014, the reason being is he was putting in that liquor store and there's a state statute where a peace officer can't be part of a liquor store establishment," Jones said.

Chief Jones says it's hard to understand why one of his former officers found himself in trouble with the law.

"At my age, I kind of try to be a father figure, and you want to turn him over your knee and paddle him," Jones said.

Collinsworth is out on a $10,000 bail.

The District Attorney says he's currently charged with one felony count of cultivation of controlled substance but says he's possibly facing more charges.

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