Cop's Alleged 'Revenge' Plot to Win Back Ex Backfires: Police

David Scott Burroughs is accused of planting heroin, meth in love rival's car
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 11, 2019 10:20 AM CDT
David Scott Burroughs.   (Anson County Sheriff's Department)

(Newser) – When a law enforcement officer buys drugs, it's typically in a sting operation. North Carolina's David Scott Burroughs allegedly had another motive—and it had nothing to do with getting high. The former Anson County sheriff's deputy is accused of planting heroin and meth in the vehicle of a man who was dating his ex-girlfriend. "He wanted revenge, and he wanted his ex-girlfriend back," Anson County Sheriff Landric Reid tells WSOC.

Burroughs allegedly told officers about tips indicating the man was dealing drugs, giving a specific location for where they could be found in his vehicle in March 2018. Almost immediately, Reid saw a red flag. "When we made the stop [three days later], drugs were at the same place in the car," he says. Fired after an investigation, Burroughs was arrested last week and released on bond on Monday. He's due back in court on Tuesday, per Fox News. (Read more North Carolina stories.)

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