Rochester police officer accused of drug trafficking, bribery
Officer Vanessa Mason
ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC-DT) -- A Rochester police officer has been placed on administrative leave and faces criminal charges.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has charged 31-year-old Vanessa Nicole Mason with the following five counts of misconduct:
- Failed to perform duty - Exceeds authority - Warned subject of surveillance and search -Bribery of a public officer -Bribery aiding in prosecution of a crime
According to statements heard by the BCA, Officer Mason is accused of tipping-off drug dealers just before a search warrant was served. The complaint also alleges that Mason helped known drug dealers evade other officers while they had drugs on them. Other allegations include taking $10,000 in bribery money to turn her head away from a drug deal as well as drive loads of drugs up to the Twin Cities in her pickup truck.
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