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Monday, July 19, 2010

Deborah Madden 'Totally Different Person' In Months Leading Up To Drug Bust, Cop Says

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click to enlarge Deborah Madden, 'curmudgeon'
  • Deborah Madden, 'curmudgeon'
If only Deborah Madden knew what lay ahead. A police source says that during the months the department's crime lab analyst now admits she was skimming cocaine from drug samples, she seemed like "a totally different person. So much happier."

The police officer, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, says he had

spoken with Madden about once a month for more than seven years

via teleconference from the Hall of Justice while interviewing her about

test results on drug samples he had turned in. "She seemed kind of

like your typical 30-year city employee. ... She was so unfriendly," the cop said. "She didn't

really brim with personality. She used to be the biggest curmudgeon.

You get a couple chemists to laugh at least." But not Madden.

Yet the officer says that on the two occasions he interviewed her

around "late fall, early winter" -- just before she left on leave Dec.

8 for alcoholism treatment and was nearing retirement -- "her whole

demeanor changed; she just seemed happier." It was also during this period that Madden's  bosses complained that she wasn't coming to work on time and was

failing to document her work. Madden admitted to police investigators

that she skimmed "spillage" from cocaine

samples on five occasions starting in October.

"It wouldn't have been at all remarkable if this whole thing hadn't

happened," the cop says. "It could have been anything.

She could have just been happy she was getting out."  

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