SOUTH ROYALTON, Vt. (WCAX) A former South Royalton cop has admitted to stealing heroin and prescription medications from the evidence locker. WCAX News broke this story in September; now, John Breault awaits sentencing.
Breault took a plea deal in federal court Friday afternoon, admitting to stealing those drugs last summer for his girlfriend. According to court paperwork, that girlfriend also had a chance to see the evidence locker herself. The woman became an informant for the FBI. She told them Breault let her search the drug takeback box seven times. She took fentanyl patches, oxycodone and Zoloft as Breault watched. Breault also took a bag of marijuana for another woman.
It all took place last summer before Breault abruptly resigned in September.
Court paperwork says at one point, Breault told the woman at least some of the drugs came from an arrest he made. Federal agents say in that arrest Breault seized 78 bags of heroin and 130 prescription pills. When the FBI went to find those drugs they were gone.
The FBI also found Facebook messages between Breault and the informant. He told her, "I'm really scared you're going to tell **** I gave you pills and H from evidence and I will get arrested and fired." He also allegedly later told her, "It would be all over the news.
Breault pleaded guilty to distributing heroin. He faces up to 20 years in prison and up to a $1 million fine when he's sentenced this summer.