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SLO police officers who brought drugs from Mexico are still on paid leave

Two San Luis Obispo police officers who pleaded guilty to a federal misdemeanor charge of transporting misbranded prescription pharmaceuticals across the Mexican border into the U.S. remain on paid administrative leave.

Officers Armando Limon and Dan McDow together have received nearly $200,000 in salary and compensation from the city of San Luis Obispo since being put on leave in September. Limon has been paid $99,446 and McDow has been paid $99,254.

City Attorney Christine Dietrick said that the city is conducting a separate personnel investigation consistent with the procedural requirements of Peace Officers’ Bill of Rights, which governs the investigation of administrative charges against peace officers. The length of that investigation has not yet been determined.

The seized drugs, used to stimulate the central nervous system, are intended to be used for treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and management of obesity.

The two officers were detained Sept. 15 by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on suspicion of transporting illegal contraband into the country at the San Ysidro port of entry near San Diego. They were found in possession of more than 850 pharmaceutical capsules when stopped by ICE officials, said Lauren Mack, spokeswoman for ICE in San Diego.

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