ALTOONA, Iowa (AP) - A former police detective accused of taking prescription pills seized during criminal investigations has pleaded not guilty.
Polk County court records say the plea was entered Wednesday for 39-year-old Joshua Copeland. He is charged with two counts of felonious misconduct in office, two counts of forgery and one count of possession of a controlled substance.
Copeland resigned in April from the Altoona police force to avoid termination. Authorities say Copeland switched pills seized during criminal investigations in 2017 and replaced them with over-the-counter medications. The pills were kept in temporary evidence lockers.
Authorities also say a small amount of methamphetamine was found in his squad car. The records say Copeland later tested positive for meth.