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Albany Police officer arrested for possession of cocaine


November 15, 2007

Albany -- Albany police officers usually make the arrests. But last night the tables were turned for 35-year-old Michael Thomas.

Albany Dougherty Drug Unit officers arrested Thomas for possession of Cocaine. The arrest was made at 806 Byron Road at around 7:00 PM Wednesday night.

Officers say that as Thomas pulled his car over, he threw a crack rock out the window. But this isn't his first-run in with the law.

"We received some information that Michael Thomas had been associated with a convicted felon. And his association had been personal not simply business," said Albany Police Chief, James Younger. 

Last month, the department wanted to fire Thomas, but he appealed. He is scheduled to have a hearing later this month.

"Right now he is under suspension without pay pending the appeal," said Chief Younger.

In the last several years, a long list of Albany police officers have gotten in trouble with the law, but the chief says he's getting rid of bad officers.

"I think every member of the department is affected by it. I think every member of the department is hurt by it. But we are going to move on. I think we are making significant progress," said Chief Younger.

Progress Cheif Younger will have to make with officers who are committed to serving the public. Michael Thomas is currently out of jail on a five thousand dollar bond.