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Drug charge dropped against Cape police officer; CCPD opens up internal investigation

By Staff | Oct 8, 2008

A misdemeanor drug charge filed against a Cape Coral officer several weeks ago has been dropped by state attorneys and an internal investigation by the Cape Coral Police Department has begun.

Officer Curt Suskevich was arrested in August by the Key West Police Department and charged with possession of marijuana under 20 grams.

Both Suskevich and his wife, Christine Suskevich, reportedly said marijuana and drug paraphernalia discovered inside a Key West residence where they were staying belonged to Christine.

Police initially said Curt was in “constructive possession” of the drugs because he knew about them being in the residence, but Monroe County state attorneys have dropped the charge.

“He was not in possession of the drugs or the paraphernalia,” said Monroe County State Attorney’s Office spokesperson Matthew Helmerich. “The Key West Police Department and our office determined he wasn’t culpable.”

The Cape Coral Police Department began an internal investigation of the incident following the completion of any criminal proceedings against Curt, said city spokesperson Connie Barron.

Police responded to the Key West home when Christine reportedly fired Curt’s .32 caliber handgun inside the residence to “get his attention” following an argument between the couple.

“(Christine) discharged the gun and the Key West Police Department did not charge him with any of those crimes,” Helmerich said.

Officers recovered a spent shell casing and a fired round, which was found next to the west wall in the kitchen, according to police reports.

They also found rolled joints and loose marijuana in a silver container and in an empty prescription bottle, along with a pipe containing marijuana, police said.

Curt and Christine both had been drinking, according to police reports.

Christine has been charged with possession of marijuana under 20 grams, possession of drug paraphernalia and discharging a firearm under the influence of alcohol.

Christine pleaded not guilty to the charges and is scheduled to go to trial Nov. 17, according to the Monroe County Clerk of Courts.