A day after Gossip Extra revealed that Lt. Dan Burrows was on family leave to treat an alleged addiction to pain pills, agency officials now say they’ve placed Burrows on administrative leave with pay pending an investigation.
One of the allegations against the 46-year-old Burrows is that he used powerful narcotics prescribed to a cancer-stricken former deputy whom Burrows visited shortly before his death!
Burrows, a 17-year veteran, reportedly developed his addiction after using pain killers for an on-duty injury.
“Lt. Burrows is the subject of an Internal Affairs investigation and he’s on administrative leave,” said PBSO Spokeswoman Teri Barbera. “And where he possibly obtained drugs is being looked at. Remember, these are just allegations.”
The “rat squad” now has six months to submit its report to the sheriff, who’s up for reelection.
The buzz inside the West Palm Beach-based 4,400-member agency, meanwhile, centers on whether Burrows benefited from special treatment because he is a high-profile member of the Police Benevolent Association, the powerful law-enforcement union that is backing the sheriff’s campaign.
Several insiders told me Burrows was asked to submit to a drug test but refused — something for which deputies can face immediate dismissal.
Union boss John Kazanjian declined comment.
Bradshaw, who’s at the tail end of his second term, made of ridding the streets of illegal pain killers one of his goals.
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