California Anti-Narcotics Sheriff
It’s an impressive sight, 250 pounds of weed all lined up on an evidence table, next to eleven grand in cash stacked in bundles of 50’s and 100’s. An impressive sight, but one that’s become familiar in the era of the war on drugs. What makes this particular picture, and this particular evidence table unique, however, is the sheriff badge and duty firearm sitting next to the chronic and the cash.
According to The New York Times, “a deputy sheriff for an anti-narcotics task force in Northern California found himself swept up in a $2 million marijuana arrest in Pennsylvania last week.”
David Sunday, the York County chief deputy prosecutor, said the marijuana packages altogether weighed more than 240 pounds and had a street value of more than $2 million.
Now, authorities are now trying to determine if any of the cases he worked on have been tainted.
The criminal complaint paints a picture of a cross-country road trip, as Christopher M. Heath, the deputy, and another man, Tyler Long, 31, drove across the U.S. to deliver more than 122 packages of marijuana to a person in West Manheim Township, Pennsylvania.
“One has to be both saddened and angry when you hear of something like this,” Mr. Kearney said, according to The Evening Sun of Hanover. “The work that is done by the task force and police officers, in general, is very dangerous work, and it is made more dangerous by the fact that occasionally there is a bad apple in the barrel.”
When Deputy Heath, who is 37 years old, was arrested, officers on the scene were unaware that Heath worked for law enforcement.
It wasn’t until a vehicle search turned up the deputy’s firearm and badge that the arresting officers realized they had caught a cop.
Someone seems to have spilled the beans on the scheme; investigators say they had been tipped off, and they stopped the car at around midnight on Dec. 28. Deputy Heath and Tyler Long were both arrested, along with a third man in another vehicle, identified as Ryan J. Falsone, 27.
According to NYT, the arrest means that authorities are now reviewing drug cases in at least two counties in Northern California to see whether they have been compromised.