FORT LAUDERDALE – A Fort Lauderdale police officer accused of illegally buying prescription drugs from his patrol car while on duty has been arrested and suspended without pay.
Officer Justin Krashefski was placed on administrative leave on Wednesday, May 12, and was arrested on Thursday, May 13.
The Fort Lauderdale Police Department this week issued a memo to Krashefski, informing him of the suspension. He was told to turn in his equipment and not to return to police headquarters without authorization. The move resulted from a weeks-long undercover operation, according to several sources who requested anonymity.
After Krashefski was escorted away from police headquarters on Wednesday, his patrol vehicle was searched. An undetermined amount of prescription drugs, believed to be Oxycodone, was found there, sources said.
Oxycodone oral medications are generally prescribed for the relief of moderate to severe pain. The substance is regularly combined with other non-prescription pain killers, such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen, for greater effectiveness.
Oxycodone is addictive. In recent years, the drug has become increasingly more popular with addicts and party-goers.
Police officials have not responded to questions about the pending arrest.
Krashefski has been with the department for four years, working in the Patrol Division.
Pictured above is Fort Lauderdale Police Officer Justin Krashefski.