Officer Justin Krashefski, 27, of the Fort Lauderdale Police Department, was relieved of duty Wednesday after detectives searched his patrol car and found three oxycodone pills, a razor blade, and a straw. He is now facing criminal prosecution for Possession of Oxycodone, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Solicitation to Commit a Felony.
This search was conducted after a confidential informant allegedly told investigators that Ofc. Krashefski had contacting him about buying pills.
Acting on the tip, investigators then set up a sting operation. The informant was given five pills and was sent to meet Ofc. Krashefski. While investigators surveilled the meeting, Krashefski was allegedly seen buying the pills for $20.
Ofc. Krashefski has since been arrested and was being held with a bond of $4,500.00. Even though, he is facing a maximum of 11 years in prison, he will likely get nothing worse than probation because he is a first time offender.
It is unknown whether or not Krashefski has retained a criminal defense lawyer to represent him in this case.
Krashefski may also be a good candidate for drug court. If so, he will have to subject himself to a drug evaluation, any recommended treatment, including detox and aftercare, as well as regular drug testing. If he is able to successfully complete the program, Krasehfski’s case will be dismissed by the court.
In the mean time, Chief of Police Frank Adderley was quoted as saying: “We sent a message immediately that we’re not going to tolerate that type of behavior in the agency.” As a result, Ofc. Krashefski has been suspended without pay and is likely facing termination.
Once again, a case like this proves that drug abuse, especially when it comes to pain pills, is an epidemic that reaches every aspect of society. Instead, of embracing this concept and offering Krashefski the help he obviously needs, I am sure there are those who will look at Krashefski as an addict first and a cop second.
This is the wrong approach.
Ofc. Krashefski is a four year police veteran and is someone who passed extensive screening and training to get to where he is. Clearly, he is not the type of loser drug addict that lays passed out in downtown parks during the middle of the work week.
Unless Krashefski was involved in something corrupt or this case involves something more than personal drug abuse, I think Krashefski should be given the opportunity to clean himself up, get into rehab, and fight his addiction. If successful, he might even become the next great spokesperson for local law enforcement’s youth outreach efforts. He may never be able to work as a police officer again, but his story may serve to help others avoid the pitfalls that landed him in jail with a criminal case to deal with.