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Warren paralegal charged with possessing drugs while on the job

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WARREN, Ohio - A Warren city employee is on unpaid leave, after police say they discovered drugs in his possession, while at work.

City Law Director Greg Hicks says his secretary called him on December 23 after she noticed a city paralegal was acting "disoriented" when he arrived at work.

Hicks says Jason R. Burns, 32, was told he needed to leave the premises shortly after. The law department contacted police to give him a ride home, but when he was patted down before entering the cruiser, that's when police discovered something.

"They found other evidence of drugs and narcotics in his possession," Hicks says.

Warren police say the evidence they found stuffed in a sock, was sent to the state for lab testing to determine the substances that were confiscated.

Test results that came back last week found one oxycodone, a needle and a spoon with traces of heroin left behind. Warren Police Chief Eric Merkel says Burns did not have a prescription for the medication they found.

Burns was charged with two counts of felony drug possession on Tuesday. His case was bound over to the county. While Hicks is recommending Burns be fired, the city must wait to take any action until a discharge hearing takes place.

"We have zero tolerance as far as I'm concerned and it is totally unacceptable," Hicks says.

 

 

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