Charges filed against Tulsa police officer


Wednesday, February 14th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6


TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- A Tulsa police officer arrested during a drug bust at his house has been charged with several methamphetamine-related counts.

Robert D. Rolen Jr., 38, was charged Tuesday with unlawful delivery of a controlled drug and possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute in the presence of minor children. Both are felonies.

Prosecutors also charged him with possession of firearms while in commission of a felony and unlawful possession of paraphernalia, a misdemeanor.

Shannon Larie Dugan, 31, who had been staying with Rolen, was charged on the same four counts plus a misdemeanor count of marijuana possession.

Records show that three of Dugan's children were present during the Friday morning drug bust.

Rolen has been suspended with pay pending a department investigation that will determine whether he will be fired, Sgt.

Wayne Allen said.

Rolen has been associated with the Tulsa Police Department for 15 years and has been a full-time officer since 1993.

Police said they don't know where Rolen obtained the drug or exactly how much was in his possession. They found no evidence that he had been making methamphetamine in his house, Deputy Chief Charlie Jackson said.

Rolen had no prior arrest record, police said. They said he underwent an extensive criminal background check when the department hired him in 1985.