Three police officers in Houston are under investigation for eating pot brownies while on duty. Image from Wikimedia Commons.

An internal investigation has begun in Houston over allegations that three police officers ate pot brownies while on shift. The officers are accused of eating the pot-laced confections in front of a suspect.

Suspect says cops ate his brownies

A trio of officers in the Houston Police Department, according to the Daily Mail, are being investigated for consuming brownies containing marijuana while on duty during the evening of May 10. The officers allegedly consumed pot brownies in front of 19-year-old Nicholas Hill, a suspect arrested on two felony counts of drug possession.

According to the Houston Press, an independent newspaper in the Houston area, the officers responded to a narcotics complaint and entered Hill’s residence. They found several bags of marijuana, psilocybin mushrooms and paraphernalia. The officers arrested Hill on felony possession charges. They also allegedly took and ate several brownies that contained pot from a tray in Hill’s apartment.

The incident was disclosed by Hill in May. Damning evidence was found, as officers typed things like “so HIGH…good brownies” into the laptop computers mounted in the patrol vehicles.

When policing goes to pot

Examples of cops busted with drugs are easily found.

In Smyrna, Ga., according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 55-year-old police officer Clyde Cook was arrested on April 8 for possession of marijuana. Cook was pulled over by a Cobb County Sheriff’s deputy, who smelled marijuana in the vehicle. A search revealed that Cook was hiding marijuana in his pants.

According to the Ramage Report, website of Atlanta-area journalist Stephanie Ramage, an officer of the Atlanta Police Department was arrested for possessing marijuana, speeding in excess of 100 miles an hour and driving while intoxicated on Feb. 5. The officer was driving a car that belonged to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

According to the Albany Times-Union, State University of New York police detective Wendy Knoebel and her husband were arrested for growing more than 100 marijuana plants in their barn.

A Spokane, Wash., police officer resigned in 2006 after being observed consuming two pot-laced cookies at a concert by rock band Tool, according to the Spokesman-Review.

Copping to distribution charges

Police are also occasionally caught stealing drugs from evidence or preying on those in the drug trade.

According to the New York Times, an NYPD officer was found heading a crime ring. Officer Emmanual Tavarez and accomplices would rob drug dealers of drugs and cash. A sting operation seized 550 pounds of cocaine and $1 million in cash in May 2010, and Tavarez pleaded guilty to charges this April.

Delores Culmer, a Montgomery County, Md., police officer was arrested in March for running a cocaine dealing ring with her fiance, a convicted drug dealer, according to the Washington Post.


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