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Kenmore police chief arrested, charged with possession of hydrocodone

STAFF REPORTS

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Peter Breitnauer, of Kenmore, NY, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with possession of hydrocodone. The charge carries a maximum penalty of one year in prison and a $100,000 fine.

According to the complaint, on October 5, 2018, FBI Special Agents asked the defendant about allegations that he had been diverting prescription pills from the NYS Medication Drop Box located at the Kenmore Police Station. Breitnauer admitted that he is addicted to hydrocodone, a Schedule II controlled substance, and had been taking hydrocodones from the box for his personal use. The defendant guided agents to a closet in his office, where he had stashed more than 100 hydrocodone pills that he had diverted from the drop box.

“It’s a sad day,” stated U.S. Attorney Kennedy. “Chief Breitenauer has enjoyed a long and distinguished career as a respected member of Western New York’s law enforcement community. Today’s events certainly do not erase all the good that the Chief has done during his tenure. Rather, they highlight the devastating and destructive power of opioids and underscore the fact that anyone can become ensnared in their allure. There is absolutely no evidence suggesting that the Chief ever distributed any of the drugs he is alleged to have diverted.”

The defendant made an initial appearance today before U.S. Magistrate Judge H. Kenneth Schroeder and was released on conditions.

The criminal complaint is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Gary Loeffert.

The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.