A former RCMP commanding officer has pleaded guilty to a single count of breach of trust over accusations he stole cocaine from an evidence locker for his own use.

Staff Sgt. Stuart Seib headed up the Merritt detachment of the RCMP when the thefts came to light last year. He had previously been commander in charge in Clearwater.

Seib had a guilty plea entered on his behalf to a single count of breach of trust Tuesday.

He was accused of stealing cocaine on more than one occasion for his own use. He was arrested and charged with one count of theft under $5,000 after he allegedly told a fellow officer about what he had done.

It's believed theft charges will be stayed. Seib has resigned from the RCMP so there will be no internal investigation. He was an 18-year veteran of the force.