3 loads in 3 weeks; collected $7200 for deliveries to Tucson
“Unusual” behavior during traffic stop for speeding led to bust for 224 pounds marijuana
BISBEE – Theodore Kulkens avoided going to prison in November when judge Wallace Hoggatt sentenced the former Douglas police officer to supervised probation instead of imprisonment for stealing cash from the police evidence room. But on May 23, all of that went out the window when Hoggatt formally revoked Kulkens’ four year probation term and replaced it with 2.5 years in prison.
According to court records, Kulkens admitted it was the fourth time he transported drugs for a friend named Armando from a vacant building in Douglas to Tucson.
Kulkens earned $7,200 in three weeks for his actions. It also earned him a five year prison sentence.
On December 10, Kulkens was driving westbound on Interstate 10 east of Benson when he was clocked by radar at 81 mph in a 75 mph zone. He was at the wheel of a Chevrolet Tahoe registered to his employer, Canyon State Wireless.
Deputy Marshall Sharp of the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) made the traffic stop. Sharp described Kulkens as “holding the wheel with stiff, locked arms” and noted it “was unusual” that the driver did not look at the patrol car while passing because in Sharp’s experience the Canyon State drivers were “friendly and waved.”