Twin Lakes police captain accused of illegally removing prescription medication from department

Captain Dennis Linn (PHOTO: Twin Lakes Police Department/Facebook)

TWIN LAKES -- Captain Dennis Linn, the second in command at the Twin Lakes Police Department, was placed on administrative leave amid an investigation into allegations he illegally removed prescription medication from the department.

In 2016, Captain Linn was awarded for 20 years of service, and on Monday, Feb. 18, FOX6 confirmed the Twin Lakes Police Department, along with the Wisconsin Department of Justice's Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) launched an investigation into allegations against him.

According to an affidavit, comments Linn made to a fellow detective in the evidence room raised "red flags." Captain Linn told the fellow detective his wife was in "a lot of pain" and was recently cut off from her prescriptions by her doctor. This, as Linn and the detective processed medication collected through the "Drug Take Back Program." The affidavit said the detective was about to leave to get supplies when Linn said "I wouldn't leave me down here. I don't want to be suspected of anything, especially after I just told you about my wife."

The detective stayed in the room and soon alerted the police chief when she noticed a bottle of oxycodone hidden inside a small garbage can.

According to the affidavit, a body camera was placed in the evidence room, which recorded Linn picking out an item from the garbage can at the end of his shift. The camera picked up sounds of "pills rattling."

A search warrant executed at Linn's home revealed three empty Walgreens prescription bottles, one for oxycodone and two for hydrocodone. The names on the bottles did not match Linn's name or that of his spouse.

Marijuana concentrates and six twisted tissues with black material were taken -- found in garbage cans at his home, according to the affidavit.

FOX6 News knocked on the door at Linn's home Monday. No one answered. He has not been charged with a crime at this point, but the police chief said the investigation is ongoing -- including a separate, internal investigation into whether Linn violated any department policies or procedures.

Linn has been a full-time member of the Twin Lakes Police Department since 2002.

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