An off-duty Fort Worth officer involved in a suspicious call in May in which Grand Prairie officers found evidence suggesting possible cocaine use inside his truck has been fired by the department after testing positive for the drug.
Dwight Ory, who’d been with the department since 2006, is appealing his termination.
His attorney, Terry Daffron, declined to comment.
According to a disciplinary letter filed with the Civil Service Commission, Grand Prairie police had been dispatched to a possible criminal mischief/disturbance call in the parking lot of the South Budget Suites around 2:30 a.m. on May 25.
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There, they found a 2009 Chevrolet pickup registered to Ory parked in a clearly marked fire lane.
“Officer Ory was initially uncooperative with their commands and officers decided to have him exit the truck because he only rolled down his dark tinted window a few inches,” the letter states. “This was for officer safety since there were at least two other occupants inside the truck.”
Once the truck was open, officers spotted a pistol lying on the driver’s side floorboard next to Ory’s feet.
After Ory was taken out of the truck and handcuffed, he identified himself as a police officer and said his identification was in the truck.
Police however found only his driver’s license — no police ID or badge. Fort Worth police general orders require officers possess their badge and commission card when carrying their firearm, even off-duty.
Grand Prairie police confirmed Ory was an officer after talking to Fort Worth police dispatchers.
The other two occupants of the truck were found to be convicted felons, one of the men a cousin of Ory’s, the letter states. General orders prohibit Fort Worth officers from knowingly associating with convicted felons if doing so would bring justified unfavorable criticism to the department.
Because the area has a history of drug-dealing and prostitution, Grand Prairie police called out a K-9 unit. The dog alerted to the scent of narcotics on the driver’s side of the truck, the letter states.
A subsequent search uncovered a cellphone in the truck’s center console that appeared to have been brushed off but still had an unknown white residue on it.
“Next to the phone were several plastic straws that were cut in a manner that led officers to believe that they were used to ingest cocaine,” the letter states.
No one was arrested that night but the suspicious encounter prompted an investigation by Fort Worth police.
In July, Ory volunteered to take a drug test, which came back positive for cocaine, the letter states.
His termination went into effect on Aug. 30.