Former police chief pleads guilty to weapon and drug charge

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A former Columbia, South Carolina, police chief has pleaded guilty to having a gun while he was doing drugs.

Federal prosecutors said authorities began investigating 50-year-old Randy Scott in December 2017 when a man with a gun and crack cocaine was found passed out in Scott’s vehicle.

Prosecutors say in April 2018, Scott tested positive for cocaine and opiates after being rushed to the hospital and in July 2018, investigators looking for a fugitive at Scott’s house found methamphetamine and several guns, including one he failed to return to the city of Columbia when resigned as police chief in 2013.

Scott said he quit because he suffered PTSD after a colleague died.

Prosecutors said in a statement Scott faces up to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced.

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