The first scandal concerning Duecker was unveiled in May when we learned about sexual harassment claims made against the AG’s top lieutenant. Furthermore, it was revealed that not only had Kane dismissed H.R.’s recommendation to fire Duecker but also that he was given authority over personnel decisions.
Now, Brad Bumsted of the Tribune-Review has uncovered another disconcerting fact about Duecker. Apparently, the former head of the Bureau of Narcotics is driving a 2006 Mercedes R-350 that was seized during a drug bust.
Additionally, Duecker has spent about $6,000 on repairs to the car since last year at public (i.e. taxpayer’s) expense.
Typically seized vehicles are either sold at auction or used by agents in the streets. PA law states that cars taken during drug raids can only be used for drug investigations.
The Attorney General’s (seventh) spokesman Chuck Ardo, however, is defending Duecker’s use of the car.
“Although Mr. Duecker is acting as chief of staff, he is still intimately involved with narcotics investigations throughout the commonwealth and, therefore, qualifies for use of the automobile in question,” Ardo told Bumsted.
“[There’s] “no bright line between Mr. Duecker’s role with the Bureau of Narcotics Investigation and his role as chief of staff,” Ardo asserted.
Neither Ardo nor Duecker addressed why the AG’s Chief of Staff had to use a seized car at all or why anyone would even want a car used for drug running in the first place.