Three members of the Houston Police Department are accused of eating some marijuana brownies they had seized in a drug raid, according to court documents. It seems two of the stoned officers implicated themselves with a series of very high computer messages.
A narcotics complaint was phoned in to the Kingwood Patrol of HPD in Houston, Texas, around 10 or 11 at night back in May, reports John Nova Lomax at the Houston Press
. At least three officers who responded to an apartment said they could smell burning marijuana all the way out in the parking lot.
The cops knocked on the door of the unit rented by Nicholas Charles Hill, 19, and were invited in. Once inside, police said they saw a small group of people standing around a bong. Hill was reportedly holding “a very large bag” of marijuana and had another, smaller one in his lap. Hill admitted he was a pot dealer, and that he’d just had a delivery earlier that day, if police are to be believed.
Three other individuals in the apartment were allegedly in possession of drugs, and a sweep of the place turned up two shotguns, some psilocybin mushrooms, about $940 cash, some more marijuana, and numerous bongs and pipes.
But what the police report doesn’t mention is a tray of pot brownies that Hill said the cops seized and ate right in front of him and his fellow suspects.
“The other cop came into the bedroom with a tray of brownies and immediately assumed that there was pot or something in it by asking, ‘Let me guess what’s in this,’ ” Hill said.
It still would have been Hill’s word against the cops’, if the boys in blue hadn’t made a fundamental mistake at this point: Hill told his lawyer, Daniel Cahill, that the cops got on their in-car computers and started bragging about how stoned they were.
Inevitably and hilariously, local reporter Ted Oberg at KTRK
got his hands on the transcripts.
At 2:44 a.m., one officer typed to the other online: “So HIGH… Good munchies”
The other typed back, “Everything should be open when we get done.”
First officer: “Two hours, max.”
Second officer: “Probably, but this will take the whole shift.”
“If they actually are true, then we’re talking about destruction of evidence,” Cahill said. “That’s a felony. We’re talking about official misconduct. We’re potentially talking about police officers driving around the city of Houston high on drugs, conducting official police business while high on drugs. It’s a pretty big deal.”
The officers involved are still on the job. They’ll be drug tested and “investigated,” according to the department. They haven’t been disciplined.
The drug possession case against young Hill is still going forward. The D.A.‘s office said they’re waiting for the results of the internal affairs investigation before deciding what to do.