Ex-Draper officer caught smoking drugs enters plea

Oct 31 2011 - 2:02pm

SALT LAKE CITY -- A former Draper K-9 police officer who was caught smoking heroin inside an unmarked car will get his misdemeanor conviction dismissed if he completes drug treatment.

Benjamin Beglarian, 30,  entered a plea of abeyance last week. It's the same as a guilty plea, except the conviction will go away in 18 months after the rehab, 30 hours of community service and a $500 fee.

Authorities say employees watching surveillance video at a Midvale sporting goods store saw a patrol car pull up to the side of the building.

They called police when they saw the driver smoking something.

Officials say Beglarian was off-duty at the time.

He resigned shortly after police questioned him. Beglarian had worked for the Draper Police Department for five years.


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