A Malden police officer faces a disciplinary hearing next month, after investigators allege he bought prescription painkillers from a man police arrested for drug distribution earlier this year.
The Boston Globe's Matt Byrne reports that text messages concerning drug sales from Officer Brian Killion, 41, were found on the phone of Arthur Amato of Acorn St. in Malden, who police arrested for receiving stolen painkillers in the mail and then distributing them last January.
According to court documents, Amato had over 14 grams of Oxycontin, 200 30mg hydromorphone pills and an illegal firearm in his apartment upon his arrest.
He faces charges of firearm possession, receiving stolen property, class B drug distribution, trafficking of heroin/morphine/opium and a drug violation near a school or park.
State Rep. Christopher Fallon, who is also the attorney for the city's patrolman's union, will represent Killion at the Oct. 11 hearing.
He told the Globe it would be unlikely Killion would face criminal charges.
"The determination was made months ago that there would not be any criminal charges made against this police officer because the circumstances -- the circumstances didn't warrant it, in their opinion," he said.
Killion is the nephew of former mayor Richard Howard.