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Former Desloge police officer pleads guilty to drug charges

Jeannie Barton-Northrup,

On Friday in St. Francois County Court, a former police officer for the City of Desloge entered an Alford plea of guilty to one count of felony possession of controlled substances.

George Bradley “Brad” Judge

George Bradley “Brad” Judge Jr., 52, of Desloge, was sentenced to five years of supervised probation and surrendered his Peace Officer Standards Training (POST) licensure.

An Alford plea is a legal way for a defendant to claim innocence yet state enough evidence exists that a jury would find them guilty therefore, it is in the defendant’s best interest to plead guilty for a lesser sentence.

POST certification is managed through the Missouri Department of Public Safety. According to sources with the public safety department, any officer with a serious offense on record will have their POST certification revoked and will never be allowed to get it back.

Judge’s initial charges, filed on Feb. 17, 2021, included 14 counts of possession of a controlled substance and one count of second-degree drug trafficking.

Judge was a police officer and canine handler for Desloge until the time of the search warrant.

“The charges stem from an extensive investigation by the Mineral Area Drug Task Force and the Federal Bureau of Investigation,” the St. Francois County Prosecutor’s Office said in a statement. “All persons are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, and this case will be no different. To maintain the integrity of this case for an eventual trial, further details of the investigation will not be released at this time.”

According to a probable cause statement from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a search warrant was executed at Judge’s house in Desloge on Oct. 10, 2019.

The report indicates that during the search of the residence, Judge allegedly possessed several controlled substances, including more than 30 grams of methamphetamine, as well as heroin, hydrocodone, oxycodone, methadone, morphine, alprazolam, diazepam, clonazepam, lorazepam, tramadol, chlordiazepoxide, and zolpidem.

The report states that investigators found some prescription painkillers and anti-anxiety pills loose, and not in prescription bottles; others were reportedly discovered in prescription bottles with the name of someone other than Judge printed on the labels.


  1. Evan on August 15, 2023 at 1:38 pm

    You guys push for Prop P so hard and then get rid of your best officer that you promised promotions to for years. What a joke lol

  2. Evan on August 15, 2023 at 3:13 pm

    I guess we’re only allowed to bash people in these comments huh??

  3. JESSICA on August 15, 2023 at 3:23 pm

    So, by that logic you’re saying that a surgeon taking home a corpse, or heck even a live person, to practice his skills is A-OK??? Thats the most ludicrous thing ive heard all day.

    I’m pretty sure they have specific training areas for these things. No-one should have all that crap in their private residence. (with the exception of the prescription stuff as long as its theirs of course.)

    Also because i know sarcasm can get lost thru text, so if you were just being sarcastic i appologize i didn’t pick up on that. otherwise…. HOLY MOLY WOW!