A former Benton County sheriff’s deputy pleaded innocent to allegations he had different drugs in his home for steroid use.
Shane B. Benningfield reportedly had been preparing for a bodybuilding competition at the time of the April 29 search.
He resigned from his position less than a week later in lieu of being fired. He’d been with the sheriff’s office for nine years.
Now, Benningfield, 36, faces a Feb. 9 trial in Benton County Superior Court for possession of a controlled substance.
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Deputy Prosecutor Terry Bloor, who filed the case last month, said the delay was because he waited on the report from the Washington State Patrol Crime Laboratory before deciding how to charge Benningfield.
Though there is only one count, Bloor charged it so that a judge or jurors will have the option to decide just which illegal drug was seized from the home. It covers five different testosterone compounds, a steroid hormone, an anabolic steroid and oxycodone. a pain medication.
The investigation began after Benningfield‘s former girlfriend made several accusations, including that he was using steroids.
A search of his Kennewick home turned up various pills, syringes and receipts, along with recipes of mixing steroids, according to the sheriff’s office and court documents.
Benningfield had a prescription for one testosterone compound, but the lab report said none of the findings related to that drug, documents said. Urine samples also reportedly came back positive for substances to help with metabolism.
Before the search, Benningfield told Detective Sgt. Kevin McCary “that he wanted five minutes in the house by himself and ‘this will all go away,’ ” documents said.
Keane said Benningfield had refused to answer questions about the drugs before resigning.