Port St. Lucie police sergeant suspended over misconduct

By Will Greenlee
staff writer

November 19, 2005

PORT ST. LUCIE A police sergeant has been suspended without pay for 12 days and will undergo random drug testing after investigators closed an investigation into allegations of marijuana use for lack of evidence, according to records obtained Friday. In a memo to Sgt. Rod Dobler, Police Chief John Skinner wrote that if Dobler had been a probationary officer, he would be recommended for termination.
The investigation "sustained" charges of unlawful conduct, improper conduct, insubordination and untruthfulness. Drug use was not substantiated.

Dobler's wife, Linda, contacted a Florida Department of Law Enforcement special agent in February "alleging marijuana purchase and use by her husband ... on his days off," records show.

Skinner described the internal affairs probe as "perhaps one of the more unsettling cases I have reviewed." "A veteran officer, and recently promoted to sergeant, is accused of marijuana abuse by his spouse, who later becomes an apparent reluctant witness," Skinner wrote.
Linda Dobler told investigators her husband used his department cell phone to call his "supplier, 'Gene,'" in Pompano Beach. Records from Dobler's department-issued cell phone revealed "numerous calls" to Gene R. Beatty in Pompano Beach, who has a history of marijuana and cocaine arrests in Florida and other states. <snip>

On May 19, investigators watched Dobler as he drove his marked patrol car nearly 100 mph on Interstate 95 to Blue Heron Boulevard in Palm Beach County to meet Beatty. He gave the man cash and received "something wrapped in a material that reflected sunlight" before surveillance ended, reports state. "We weren't able to keep up with him, let alone stop him," said Dave Donaway, assistant special agent in charge of the FDLE regional office. "It would have not been a tactically sound move to pull him over." <snip snip>

In July, Dobler was relieved of his duty weapons and identification before submitting to blood and urine drug tests, which came up negative.

When taken to a second clinic that tests hair for drugs, Dobler told a technician that various parts of his body are shaved because he is a swimmer and because he's had skin tags removed. "The result was that no hair sample could be obtained for testing," the report states. more at the link http://www.tcpalm.com/tcp/local_news...251380,00.html