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Former Douglas cop, on probation for theft, busted smuggling pot

A former Douglas police sergeant, Theodore Kulkens, has been sentenced to five years in prison for illegally transporting more than 200 lbs. of marijuana. Kulkens was put on probation last year after being found guilty in the theft of nearly $15,000 in cash from the from the Douglas Police Department’s evidence locker.

Kulkens pleaded guilty to Transportation of Marijuana for Sale after he was arrested in December, less than month after being sentenced in his theft case.

Deputies with the Cochise County Sheriff's Department arrested Kulkens for transporting 224 pounds of marijuana in the back of an SUV on Dec. 10, 2016. He was recently sentenced by Cochise County Judge Wallace Hoggatt, who revoked his probation in the theft case, as well.

Kulkens was sentenced to concurrent prison terms.

He still owes $14,991 in restitution to the Douglas Police Department, a news release from the Arizona Attorney General's Office said.

He was indicted last summer, accused of stealing nearly $15,000 in cash from the department’s property and evidence section.

In January 2015, Douglas police discovered that money that had been placed into an evidence safe was missing. Investigators found that Kulkens, who had been fired in September 2013 for unrelated reasons, stole money related to at least five different cases between 2007 and 2013, authorities said.

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