A former commanding officer of an RCMP detachment in the B.C. Interior pleaded guilty to a charge of breach of trust in a Kelowna courtroom Tuesday.

Stuart Seib was a staff sergeant at the Merritt detachment in January of 2012, when he was arrested for allegedly stealing cocaine that had been stored as evidence in the detachment lockup.

Seib was not present in court on Tuesday, but a guilty plea was entered by an agent on his behalf.

Crown prosecutor Sheryl Wagner said a full audit was done of all the evidence at the Merritt detachment, and following that Seib was charged with theft under $5,000.

The special prosecutions branch of Crown Council laid a further charge under Section 122 of the Criminal Code, of breach of trust by a public officer.

Wagner told CBC News the breach of trust relates to the charge of theft, and as a result the two charges were incorporated as one in the breach of trust charge, which can result in a prison term of up to five years.

Wagner said Seib will be back in court in about two months for sentencing.

Seib had served more than 18 years with the RCMP before he was suspended in January last year. He was still on RCMP payroll following the suspension, but he resigned from the force in May.

Also on HuffPost:

Loading Slideshow...
  • #1: Cannabis

    The UNODC estimates that 2.8-4.5% of the global population aged 15-64 used cannabis in 2009. According to the report, cannabis is by far the most widely used illicit substance. <em>The Weed Fairy, left, smokes a massive marijuana joint right at 4:20 p.m. as thousands take part in the annual marijuana 420 smoke off at Dundas Square in Toronto on Friday, April 20, 2012. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)</em>

  • #2: Amphetamines

    The UNODC estimates that 0.3-1.3% of the global population aged 15-64 used amphetamines, such as ecstasy, making it the second most used drug in the world.

  • #3: Opioids

    The UNODC estimates that 0.5-0.8% of the global population aged 15-64 used opioids, such as heroin, in 2009, making it the third most used drug in the world. <em>A Pakistani drug user prepares a syringe of a heroin along a street in Karachi on June 25, 2012. (ASIF HASSAN/AFP/GettyImages)</em>

  • #4: Cocaine

    The UNODC estimates that 0.3-0.5% of the global population aged 15-64 used cocaine in 2009. <em>Anti-narcotics police Director Walter Sanchez, left, holds a bag of seized cocaine with an unidentified official during a news conference showing an estimated 2,400 kilograms (5,300 pounds) of seized cocaine at the narcotics police base in Lima, Peru, Friday, May 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)</em>