Ironically, Grimmich was the supervisor of a narcotics unit, and was responsible for arresting people who sold and used drugs.
Police Sgt. William Grimmich of Sebastian, Florida was recently arrested for stealing oxycodone from an evidence room at the department and selling it back onto the street. The 45-year-old police officer was a 25-year veteran of the department, and is currently being held in jail waiting to post a $150,000 bail.
According to a press release published by the police department, an internal audit revealed that large amounts of oxycodone was missing from the evidence room. The statement did not reveal how Grimmich was implicated in the theft, or what specific evidence the department has against him.
Police department spokesman Steve Marcinik said that the situation was "shocking information to us, we had no hint. It caught us off guard.”
“Our ultimate goal is to determine exactly what occurred, who was responsible and whether this was the result of an incompetent work performance or malicious criminal behavior. I will not tolerate any misconduct of this nature," said Police Chief Michelle Morris.
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Ironically, Grimmich was the supervisor of a narcotics unit, and was responsible for arresting people who sold and used drugs. He has currently been put on suspension as a result of the investigation, and if convicted Police Chief Morris said that Grimmich would be fired.
Grimmich is facing two felony charges, one for drug trafficking and another for tampering with evidence. However, the police department still has the option to not follow through with pressing charges against Grimmich, which happens often in situations like this.
Sadly this is yet another example of the war on drugs creating an incentive for corruption.
John Vibes is an author, researcher and investigative journalist who takes a special interest in the counter culture and the drug war. In addition to his writing and activist work he is also the owner of a successful music promotion company. In 2013, he became one of the organizers of the Free Your Mind Conference, which features top caliber speakers and whistle-blowers from all over the world. You can contact him and stay connected to his work at his Facebook page. You can find his 65 chapter Book entitled “Alchemy of the Timeless Renaissance” at bookpatch.com.