A 20-year-old man who was employed as a police cadet for Baltimore County has been charged with 10 counts of drug- and theft-related charges for allegedly stealing drugs from the evidence vault. That vault is located at the department's headquarters. According to court documents, the man was reportedly systematically taking the drugs from the evidence room to sell to his two cousins.
The charges stemmed from an investigation that began after Oxycodone that was being held as evidence from a case was reportedly discovered to be missing from the Evidence Management Unit. During that time, investigators discovered that there was evidence from nine additional cases that was also missing. After a formal audit of the vault was performed on June 2, investigators discovered that Oxycodone that was being held as evidence in four other cases was also unaccounted for. Documents state that the amount of drugs missing from the evidence vault had a street value of more than $125,000, including Oxycodone tablets, morphine, cocaine and other types of drugs.
During a subsequent search of the man's residence, investigators allegedly discovered some of the drugs that were missing from the evidence room along with disposal forms and evidence room inventory papers. An additional amount of drugs was also found in his car. The man was then confronted by police as he was leaving work later that same day. Officers state that at the time of his arrest, the man reportedly had $40,000 secured in a drawstring backpack along with a fake North Carolina driver's license that he allegedly had in his wallet. He was expected to be released on $650,000 bail.
An experienced Maryland attorney may be able to assist defendants who are facing drug charges to ensure that they are treated fairly during the legal process.
Source: The Baltimore Sun, "Baltimore Co. police cadet charged with evidence vault drug theft," June 25, 2014