Former deputy sentenced

Ann Cousineau

Former deputy sentencedKERN COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE — District Attorney Cynthia Zimmer announced a significant sentence involving former Sheriff Deputy Logan August, who was accused of stealing marijuana seized by the Sheriff Department. The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Garrett Rice.

The Honorable Judge Dulcich sentenced Logan August to four years in State Prison. August faced a maximum of nine years in prison.

Following the Federal plea deal for stealing 20 pounds of Marijuana from a grow site, a joint investigation was conducted by the Kern County Sheriff’s Department and District Attorney’s office. This year-long investigation revealed several new offenses committed by August that included offenses beyond what the Federal case encompassed. The investigation revealed that Logan August stole over 350 pounds of packaged marijuana which had been seized by the California Highway Patrol, and U.S. Forest Service. August had been entrusted to pick up and transport the marijuana on behalf of the Sheriff’s Department.

August entered an “open plea” of no contest to all 15 felony charges levied against him on August 6, 2020. The charges included counts of unlawful narcotics trafficking, burglary, conspiracy, and false reporting. An “open plea” occurs when a defendant enters guilty or no contest pleas to all charges without any agreement from the prosecution or the court about the total sentence.

The Judge pointed out the complexity of the operation, and the trust that the community had given August in his role as a Deputy, as factors in aggravation in sentencing.

Advised of the court’s sentencing, District Attorney Cynthia Zimmer commented, “Kern County investigators and prosecutors will not condone criminal wrongdoing, particularly amongst those entrusted to be a part of law enforcement.

“Logan August betrayed the trust of this community by using his position of authority to steal and funnel drugs back onto our streets. The plea agreement reached in the federal case did not account for the complete severity of August’s crimes, and this successful prosecution has finally resulted in the prison sentence that August’s conduct deserves.”

Story First Published: 2020-11-06