LUMBERTON, NORTH CAROLINA – A Lumberton police officer has been arrested on allegations that he was involved in drug-related activities, authorities said.
Officer Jason Walters, 35, was charged June 14 with attempted trafficking in opium by possession, said Noelle Talley, a spokeswoman for the State Bureau of Investigation.
Walters was charged by the SBI, Lumberton Police Chief Michael McNeill said Thursday. He declined further comment.
Walters, who was hired Aug. 21, 2008, has been suspended without pay, said James Moore, human resources director for the city of Lumberton.
Walters, who had no other disciplinary actions in his record, was making $32,475 annually, Moore said.
Walters’ bail was set at $20,000, Talley said.
Walters is the second Lumberton police officer charged with drug-related offenses in the past year.
Officer Matthew Albert Miller, 25, was charged in September with embezzlement and trafficking opium by possession.
Miller is no longer employed by the department.
The SBI also handled that investigation.