By Danny Fenster
In a movie-like twist of fate, a former Colorado sheriff was arrested by officers from the department he once presided over, then taken to the prison named after him, reports the New York Times.
Retired republican sheriff Patrick Sullivan was arrested Tuesday afternoon for attempting to exchange methamphetamines for sex with a man.
Police began investigating Sullivan on November 17, after authorities received tips that the 68-year-old former sheriff of Arapahoe County might be involved in methamphetamines, according to the Times. The investigation led to a home on Tuesday where Sullivan allegedly showed up to exchange drugs for sex with a man.
Two confidential informers admitted to police they had exchanged sexual activities for drugs with Sullivan before.
The Times describes Sullivan as a beloved figure of Colorado law enforcement, “a straight-shooting Republican sheriff who once crashed a Jeep through a fence to rescue two deputies from a gunman.” Many were shocked by his arrest.
“I just cannot believe this happened,” Robert R. Gallagher Jr., a former district attorney for the 18th Judicial District in Colorado, which includes Arapahoe County, told the Times. “This is not the Pat Sullivan I served with and respected so much. Something here doesn’t meet the eye.”
Steve Ward, a former state senator and past Arapahoe County commissioner, said he, too, was stunned by the news.
“It’s like waking up and reading a headline that says ‘Scientists Have Now Determined the Earth Is Flat,’ ” said Steve Ward, a former state senator and Arapahoe County Commissioner. “It’s incomprehensible.”
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