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NHP trooper Dutchover made headlines with arrest of Warren Jeffs

Reported by: Dana Gentry
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Updated: 11/26/2013 10:50 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- Eddie Dutchover is the former state trooper who got national attention for arresting polygamist leader Warren Jeffs.

But, amid all the acclaim Dutchover was hiding secrets of his own.

Secrets his former colleagues say their superiors swept under the rug that caused him to lie about arresting Jeffs.

As an 11-year veteran of the Nevada Highway Patrol, Eddie Dutchover made a name for himself generating millions of dollars for the state from seizures of drugs and cash on southern Nevada highways major arterials for drug traffickers.

He's the highway patrolman who stopped an escalade carrying one of the FBI’s most wanted -- Polygamist leader Warren Jeffs.

"I will never forget the look on his face. You know, and him making eye contact with me," Dutchover said.

Retired Trooper Rosell Owens was on that stop, too.

“We let Dutchover know what was going on. He had no idea. He was searching the vehicle for drugs,” Rosell said.

In court, Dutchover testified he was unable to run a background check on Jeffs because the state's computer system was down.

“He didn't run the system. I asked him to run," Owens said.

Owens and colleagues eventually learned why.

In 1995 at the Mexican border Dutchover, not yet a cop, tried to smuggle steroids into the United States. This was an event he failed to mention three years later on his job application with the Nevada Highway Patrol.

“He had a motive to conceal this,” said Deputy Attorney General Kimberly Buchanan. “The motive was you'd likely not be hired.”

Attorney Adam Levine says his client is a victim who didn't remember being stopped at the border, is envied by his former colleagues and targeted by the highway patrol.

Dutchover had other problems, too. Like working alone after his shift had ended.

And now, Dutchover, fired by the NHP and declared by the state unfit for police work, has a new job as a cop patrolling the interstate for the Moapa tribal police.

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