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Suspended Cop In Gun And Drug Case Headed To Rehab

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A suspended Colchester, Vermont police officer facing federal gun and drug charges is out of jail and on his way to a rehabilitation center in southern Vermont.

Detective Cpl. Tyler Kinney was released from jail Monday and taken to federal court in Burlington where he was to be fitted with a monitoring device before he heads to the drug rehab facility.

Kinney was released despite a request by federal prosecutors that he remain incarcerated because of "new and troubling information regarding danger to persons in the community." The Burlington Free Press reports Kinney made threats against the man to whom he allegedly provided guns and drugs from an evidence locker.

Kinney was arrested last week. His lawyer agreed to GPS monitoring.

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