Stutsman deputy behind big drug busts gone bad resigns

JAMESTOWN, N.D. (AP) — A Stutsman County sheriff's deputy who made arrests in two large drug cases that were later dropped has resigned.

Sheriff Chad Kaiser says that Sgt. Matt Thom's resignation letter indicated he was quitting for personal reasons and that he was looking for employment outside of law enforcement. Kaiser says he doesn't know if the drug cases contributed to the decision.

A home telephone listing for Thom couldn't be found.

The drug busts in December and January on Interstate 94 resulted in four arrests and the seizure of nearly 700 pounds of marijuana. Charges were later dropped in both cases.

Thom had been with the sheriff's department for nearly six years. He's being allowed to keep his K-9 partner.