CREATED May. 17, 2013
CAPE CORAL, Fla. - A Lee County Sheriff Deputy was fired Friday for cultivating marijuana on the deck around his swimming pool.
Piotr Urbanski had been on the job less than a year when his co-workers arrested him at his girlfriend's home. "The community can take comfort in knowing that we don't play around," said Sheriff Mike Scott. "And when information comes to our attention of criminal activity again, whether it involves a deputy sheriff which it rarely would and rarely does or whether in involves just an average citizen criminal or civilian criminal we take the same type of action"
When Urbanski was hired last May he admitted in a polygraph that he had experimented with marijuana three times in 2007. He was never in trouble or charged with it. So, if he admitted to using marijuana, how did he get hired?
Marijuana is unique from other drugs in that if three years has gone by from the time an applicant used the drug and when he applies, and if the applicant passes the drug test, they can still be hired. "I spoke with the fellow who did his polygraph and they pulled his polygraph report and he passed the drug test back when he applied with us with perfect scores," added Scott.
So, what makes a guy with a good job risk that job by allegedly doing something like this? "His story here is that the marijuana is for medicinal purposes for his girlfriend, he doesn't touch the stuff, doesn't use it," Scott said. "Obviously, it's still a crime to be around it but that it was all her doing. He said 'look, I couldn't break up with her, I knew she shouldn't have been doing this stuff'. He kinda blamed it on her. Now, I don't know if that's true or not, it doesn't matter".
Urbanski's arrest is the second time in two weeks that a Lee County deputy has been in trouble with the law. Michael Ronga was placed on administrative leave after being charged with robbery while on duty in Bonita Springs. Donga was not fired because he had been with the Sheriff's Office for several years, Urbanski had not completed his first year.