Police Officer Cheats The Law

Wayland Marijuana Seized

Just because marijuana is confiscated by the police doesn’t mean it is being taken to evidence. In fact an officer was caught taking 5 pounds home after an arrest. The Week reports what exactly happened to this police officer.

A police officer in Richmond, California, took too much of his work home.

Officer Joe Avila picked up four to five pounds of marijuana from a UPS store as part of an investigation in November of last year, The Contra Costa Times reports. But instead of filing a report and taking the evidence to the police station, as required, Avila just took the drugs home.

After an internal investigation questioned him about his missing reports — 37 in all — Avila admitted to keeping the marijuana. “Avila told investigators that he used two pounds of the marijuana to train his police dog in February 2014, and when pressed, he acknowledged there may be more in the trunk of his K-9 patrol car or at his house,” The Times reports.

Amazingly, officials at the Richmond Police Department said Avila probably won’t be charged with any crime, citing evidence too weak to produce a conviction. – – Nico Lauricella

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Richard Lowe

Richard Lowe is a 14-year veteran of the financial sector with licenses as a commodity broker (Series 3) and investment advisor representative (IAR Series 65). Along with a focus on raising capital for the firms he was employed with, he also wrote and edited much of the content published by them. He holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts. He has been a longtime advocate for marijuana legalization due to the social injustices associated with marijuana prohibition and the strong potential for the medicinal benefits of cannabis.

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