Promoted to a leadership position?
Running for sheriff?
How about being held on a quarter million dollars bail?
That's what's happening to Mitchell Wright of Bothell, who was named as King County Deputy of the Year back in 2006. The now-former deputy was arraigned recently on charges of first-degree possession of stolen property, first-degree theft, possession of controlled substances, and tampering with evidence.
The saga is alleged to have started back in late May, when a Bothell Police officer allegedly noticed a 25-year old woman at a drive-thru window at 2am with a needle stuck in her arm. Suspecting that she was shooting heroin, he questioned the woman, who told the cop that she was Wright's live-in girlfriend and was driving Wright's truck. This led to an examination of Wright's laptop computer, which revealed that the deputy was accessing government computers for non-work related reasons.
Wright was placed under departmental investigation on July 3, and two deputies went to his home to retrieve his patrol car. They then allegedly discovered three bags of heroin with DEA evidence tags on them in the car's trunk. Wright, who had worked on a DEA task force earlier in the year, was reportedly supposed to enter those bags of heroin into the King County Sheriff's Office evidence system - but never did. The drugs reportedly have a street value of tens of thousands of dollars.
In short, the onetime "Deputy of the Year" may very well see his law enforcement career come to an end soon - and may even spend time behind bars as well.