Six Detroit cops have been suspended with pay following accusations that they stole evidence from a medical marijuana dispensary operating out of a house on the west side, police confirmed Thursday.
One sergeant and five officers were removed from the narcotics unit as police conduct a wider internal investigation of the department’s beleaguered narcotics section.
During the February raid, surveillance video captured police removing a box that was never logged as evidence.
Now Internal Affairs is trying to determine what happened to the box and what was inside.
Detroit police have been quietly raiding cannabis dispensaries since Craig became chief, but charges have not been filed in the cases. The evidence, including marijuana and money, has been collected and never returned, according to local dispensary employees.
Michigan voters approved medical cannabis in November 2008, but courts have ruled that the new law did not permit dispensaries. The state Senate is currently considering a bill that would legalize dispensaries.
Earlier this year, Detroit police were accused of stealing drug evidence and TVs from the narcotics section, which was disbanded last month and replaced with the Major Violators Section.
Remember the Dearborn cop who ate too much pot evidence and called 911, fearing he was about to die?
Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.