Allegheny County officer arrested on drug charges
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An Allegheny County police officer was arrested Friday on drug and child endangerment charges.
According to a criminal complaint, Zena Jenkins, 48, of the North Side, called police officers to her home following a dispute with her son, who she said took her vehicle without her permission.
When police arrived at Ms. Jenkins' Perrysville Avenue home Friday evening, they smelled a strong odor of marijuana and saw drug paraphernalia, including burned marijuana blunts, plastic baggies and a digital scale in the home's living room, according to the complaint. Police said two children, ages 11 and 13, were in the house at the time. Police also saw old food, trash, dirty laundry and broken glass littering the floors throughout the home, according to the complaint.
An officer said he saw a "very large rat" run across the room.
Police also said Ms. Jenkins "appeared lethargic and had slurred speech and an unsteady gait."
She was charged with two counts of child endangerment and one count each of drug possession and possession with intent to sell. She was released from jail Saturday on a non-monetary bond.
Allegheny County spokeswoman Amie Downs said Ms. Jenkins is a patrol officer who has worked for the county since 1988. She said she is currently on leave from her job but could not say if it was due to vacation or for other reasons.
Ms. Downs said county officials will review the incident on Monday.
First Published February 3, 2013 12:00 am