Search warrant executed on Denver police lieutenant’s home

DENVER -- The Denver Police Department is conducting a criminal investigation centered on one of its own for suspected illegal drug activity, a source in the department said.

Detectives executed a search warrant on the home of Lt. Philip Epple on Monday just south of Denver’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. Epple is assigned to District 3 in South Denver.

A source said Epple was not at work on Tuesday, one day after detectives raided his home.

Police confirmed Epple is on administrative leave. Police will not comment on why Epple has been placed on leave because of an ongoing internal affairs investigation.

Epple has not been arrested nor criminally charged, according to police.

In July 2015, Epple was honored with a Citizens Appreciate Award for going beyond the call of duty while helping a person in need.

Epple could not be located for comment. Calls to Epple were not immediately returned.

Epple was disciplined in February in what a source described as an unrelated incident.

Epple was punished after a bag of methamphetamine went missing from a scene his officers were guarding in September.