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Former Klamath Falls cop pleads guilty in federal court

MEDFORD — A former Klamath Falls police officer pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court of stealing methamphetamine and fentanyl from an evidence room at the law enforcement agency late last year.

Thomas Dwayne Reif, 28, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception or subterfuge, said Acting U.S. Attorney Scott Erik Asphaug.

According to court documents, on or about Nov. 27, 2020, Reif is alleged to have entered the Klamath Falls Police Department’s temporary evidence room using an unauthorized key and removed an item containing methamphetamine and fentanyl.

Reif briefly left the evidence room before returning the item to the evidence locker and leaving the facility. Shortly thereafter, Reif overdosed while operating his police car. The car jumped a median, traveled into oncoming traffic, and caused a multiple-vehicle accident.

Reif was rushed to the hospital and revived by medical personnel at Sky Lakes Medical Center in Klamath Falls. Toxicology reports showed that Reif was under the influence of substances, including methamphetamine and fentanyl.

Investigators searched the personal locker assigned to Reif at the Klamath Falls Police Department. Inside the locker, investigators found that Reif had concealed an evidence bag containing methamphetamine.

Reif resigned from the Klamath Falls Police Department in December of 2020, according to previous reports.

On May 20, a federal grand jury in Medford determined there was enough evidence to indict Reif. He faces a maximum sentence of four years in prison, a $250,000 fine and one year of supervised release.

Reif will be sentenced Nov. 23 by U.S. District Court Judge Michael J. McShane, Asphaug added.