Tulsa police officer arrested on drug complaints


Saturday, February 10th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6



TULSA, Okla. (AP) _ A Tulsa police officer found himself suspended and behind bars after a Friday morning methamphetamine bust at his house.

Robert D. Rolen, 38, was booked into the Tulsa Jail on four drug-related complaints, including possession of controlled drugs with an intent to distribute.

Also arrested was Shannon Dugan, 31, who had been staying with Rolen.

Rolen's three children were present during the arrests and are now staying with relatives, police said.

Deputy Chief Charlie Jackson said Rolen has been suspended with pay while the district attorney decides whether to file charges.

Police also plan an administrative investigation, which must be completed before officials decide whether to fire Rolen, Jackson said.

Police said Rolen's name came up in another drug investigation and that an undercover investigation led officers to believe he was dealing methamphetamine from his house.

Police records said Rolen was present Friday when Dugan delivered meth to an undercover police officer in Rolen's bedroom.

Rolen also faces complaints of unlawful delivery of a controlled drug, possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of firearms in commission of a felony.

Dugan was arrested on the same complaints, plus a complaint of possession of marijuana.

Police said they don't know where Rolen obtained the drug, since he was never involved in a meth investigation of seizure.

Rolen joined the force as a community service officer 15 years ago and became a full-time officer in January 1993.

He is the third Tulsa police officer or reserve officer to be jailed in the last three weeks, all on unrelated charges.