A former Lincoln police chief pleaded not guilty to drug charges Wednesday, Dec. 26, according to court documents.
Forty-one-year-old Brian Key faces Suspicion of Tampering with Physical Evidence and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia charges, both are Class D felonies.
Keys could serve six years in prison if found guilty and a $10,000 fine for each charge.
An investigation into allegations that Key was tampering with evidence and stealing drugs began in September by Arkansas State Police, according to a court probable cause affidavit.
According to court documents, Key was seen on surveillance video taking drugs that had been seized by another police officer.
Video surveillance allegedly showed Key prying open an officer’s locker and removing evidence that included drug paraphernalia.
A Lincoln police officer found the missing items in a police car that only was accessible by Key, according to court documents.
Key was terminated from Lincoln’s police department on October 27, a decision made by Lincoln’s Mayor Rob Hulse, according to a Facebook post.
On November 10th, the city hired a new chief, Kenneth Albright. On the Lincoln Police Department’s Facebook page Hulse stated, “His [Albright] leadership and experience will be a great asset to the Lincoln Police Department.”