Philadelphia police officer arrested on drug charges

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- A 14-year veteran of the Philadelphia Police Department has been arrested on drug charges.

Police say 43-year-old Officer William Branish Jr. attempted to send a package in the mail containing several smaller packages of marijuana.

Authorities say Branish used an associate's account at a local company to mail the package.

The package was returned undeliverable and was received by another employee at the company.

Branish was arrested Tuesday and charged with Simple Possession and Possession with Intent to Deliver.

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross has suspended Branish for thirty days with the intent to dismiss.