Ottawa officer admits mishandling cocaine

(QMI AGENCY FILES)

(QMI AGENCY FILES)

Danielle Bell, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:01 PM ET

OTTAWA -- An Ottawa police officer who returned the suspected cocaine his friend dropped while they were at a strip club, then lied about it later, says he's remorseful about what happened.

Const. Jordan Shields pleaded guilty Tuesday to discreditable conduct, under the Police Services Act.

"I've never been in trouble off-duty before," said Shields, at his police hearing. "I do apologize for the incident; knowing what I learned after all this, I know I'm a police officer 24 hours (a day)."

Shields was off-duty when he and a friend went to the club, Bare Fax, in July, where a dancer was told he was a cop.

According to an agreed statement of facts, Shields' friend dropped what a waitress believed to be a baggie of cocaine. She told Shields, who picked it up.

Shields told a dancer: "My friend dropped this; I picked it up for him. I don't want him to get in trouble."


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