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A former Platteville police officer faces up to 20 years in federal prison after pleading guilty Wednesday to maintaining a drug house.

Michelle V. Salentine, 29, of Muskego told U.S. District Judge William Conley, "I developed a drug problem and used drugs at my residence and also agreed to let another person store cocaine there."

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Anderson said Salentine, who had been smoking crack cocaine four to six times a week for about a year, in April took possession of what she believed to be about a pound of powder cocaine to store at her residence.

Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 29.

Salentine was arrested April 26 after investigators allegedly found she had been using drugs regularly while in uniform. On Oct. 4, Salentine and her brother, Michael, were arrested in Greenfield after police saw them arguing in a car in which crack cocaine, heroin, marijuana and drug paraphernalia were found, along with a kit designed to defeat drug tests, according to court documents.

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