Former Burleigh County Deputy Kerry Komrosky pled not guilty in court today. He faces multiple felony theft and drug charges.
He is accused of stealing evidence from the Metro Area Narcotics Task Force and distributing it. During the search of his residence, investigators found stolen cell phones, drug paraphernalia, and over 2 pounds of methamphetamine and cocaine. All were taken during Komrosky’s time on the task force from March 2016 to December 2017. According to their director, one third of the drugs were taken from evidence in cases he worked on.
“I have so far, I’m still investigating the situation, but so far, I’ve found 2 cases in which evidence was in Mr. Komrosky’s custody that was never turned over to the task force.”
During his preliminary hearing this morning, McLean County State’s Attorney Ladd Erickson called two witnesses to the stand. One of them, an investigator with the Bureau of Criminal Investigation assigned to the case. He initially carried out the search warrant on Komrosky’s home, finding evidence similar to those stolen from the task force.
“Exhibit number 5 is a clear Ziploc bag. It typically comes back from the state crime lab like this after quantitative testing. It does say lab bag written on it in blue pen. Number one is written on it and it has a North Dakota Crime Lab number written on it along with the initials of the tester,” said Robert Cummings.
Komrosky pled not guilty to the four charges – 2 class B felonies and 2 misdemeanors. A 3-day trial will be scheduled at a later date. He could face up to 21 years in prison if found guilty.