JPSO detective resigns amid drug charges

JPSO detective resigns amid drug charges

JEFFERSON PARISH, LA (WVUE) - A Jefferson Parish Street Crimes detectives resigned Tuesday and was booked on drug charges, according to a news release from the Sheriff's Office.

On March 13, investigators with the JPSO Narcotics Division received information that Detective Nicholas Breaux had tried to buy pain medication from someone. An investigation revealed that Breaux was visiting several physicians and obtaining pain medication and other controlled substances, according to the release.

The Sheriff's Office said the doctors were not aware that Breaux was visiting multiple physicians. Investigators also learned that Breaux submitted a fraudulent prescription for hydrocodone to a local pharmacy, and tat the pharmacy filled it.

Breaux, an eight-year Sheriff's Office veteran, resigned and was booked with one count of obtaining a controlled dangerous substance from multiple doctors and one count of obtaining a dangerous substance by fraud or forgery.

Breaux was involved in a high-profile incident in February 2015 in which he was seen punching a 17-year-old during an arrest after a Mardi Gras parade. The Sheriff's Office determined that Breaux's actions in that incident did not constitute excessive force.

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