Thursday, May 04, 2006

Clewiston Sergeant Arrested On Drug Charge

Alleged Selling Drugs Near A School And Other Charges

CLEWISTON, FL.(May 4, 2006) -- The Florida Department of Law Enforcement
and the Hendry County Sheriff's Office announced today the arrest of a
Clewiston Police Department sergeant after an undercover investigation
revealed his alleged involvement in selling drugs while on duty. FDLE
special agents arrested Sgt. Brian K. Kniceley, 42, this afternoon at the
Clewiston Police Department. Kniceley is charged with two counts of
official misconduct, one count unlawful compensation or reward for
official behavior, and two counts sale of marijuana within 1000 feet of a

The four-month investigation began in December 2005. FDLE special agents
uncovered that Kniceley was using police databases to gather criminal
information and other personal information on persons and then supplying
the information to known contacts in exchange for money. An undercover
police officer made contact with Kniceley and during a conversation,
Kniceley told the undercover officer that he could get information for him.
In March, Kniceley again met with the undercover officer and provided him
with criminal and personal information allegedly gathered from police
databases. Kniceley also told the undercover officer it would be easy to
find the person with the information he had given him. For the
information, Kniceley accepted $100. Agents say Kniceley was in uniform
and on duty at the time of the exchange.

Kniceley continued contact with the undercover officer and told him he
could get him some marijuana. In April, Kniceley contacted the undercover
officer twice and told him to come to his home in Clewiston to purchase
the marijuana he had discussed. On both occasions Kniceley received money
in exchange for the marijuana. During one of the transactions agents say
Kniceley was in his police uniform and on duty.

The investigation was concluded with assistance from the Clewiston Police
Department and their officers assisted in the arrest of Kniceley this
afternoon. Kniceley will be booked into the Hendry County Jail.

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