Saturday, January 24, 2009


I was driving my patrol car towards a busy intersection and spotted a small SUV speed out of a parking lot and then turn right onto a major street without stopping for the red light. I sped up to follow and saw the vehicle make another quick right turn into a neighborhood without signalling.

This SUV was driving erratically and speeding through a neighborhood streets so I caught up and pulled him over. A 20 year old man immediately jumps out of the driver's side and starts walking towards me. Anytime a driver approaches this quickly signals danger to me so I met him with gun drawn (this is why you should wait in your car with hands on the steering wheel and let the officer approach -unless instructed otherwise.)

He sees my gun pointed squarely at his chest and holds up his hands to show me his empty hands. I yell, "What the hell are you driving like that for?!"
"I just got robbed and was chasing the guy."
"Did you call 911 to report the robbery?"
I put my gun away and patted him down to make sure he wasn't armed.
"How were you robbed?", I ask.
"Well, this guy I know needed some money so I loaned him $120. Then he took off so I chased him to get it back."

It didn't take a genius to figure out this was not a robbery. To make sure he wasn't a victim I asked why he would chase a person he willingly loaned money to.

He paused for a moment (probably mentally planning the next lie) and said, "Well, after I gave him the money, he didn't tell me when he was going to pay me back so I chased after him to ask when would he pay me back."

I explained that loaning somebody money was not exactly 'robbery' and that the only crime committed was his driving. I told him I didn't believe his story and knew something else had happened. I suspected he had just been ripped off in a bad drug deal so I asked for his consent to search his pockets. He acted nervous and said he didn't thing there was any reason for that.

My Sergeant arrived as backup and kept an eye on the driver while I walked up to the passenger of the SUV. I asked him what happened but he was clueless. On the floor of the vehicle was a couple syringes, a shoelace, and a spoon with a sticky dark residue. I told my Sergeant in police jargon that I had spotted drug paraphernalia in plain view. This provided us with the probable cause to arrest the driver.

What a shock it was to find a small baggie of heroin in the driver's pocket. He swore it was fake and begged us to test it. On the way to the police station he told me he bought Heroin from a dealer a few days ago but when he and his friends used it, none of them felt anything. Suspecting they were sold phony drugs they called the dealer back to complain. The dealer said he sold them a bad batch by mistake but would make up for it by giving them a much larger quantity for $120. I happened to drive by just as the driver realized the drug dealer took the $120, walked to his car and drove away without giving him anything. He was chasing after him for being ripped off twice in the same week.

He told me several of his friends (many of them high schoolers) were addicted to Heroin and hoped his arrest would help him kick the habit.

If any of you readers are parents of teenage kids please talk to them about Heroin. I've arrested so many young kids hooked on this stuff and have seen even more adults living pathetic lives because of it. It's cheap, easy to find, and socially acceptable to use.


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At January 25, 2009 1:33 PM, Blogger The Bus Driver said...

LOL that is all... i love the braindead stories concocted by the drugged out people lol.

At January 25, 2009 7:02 PM, Blogger Officer "Smith" said...

Socially acceptable among what groups?

At January 25, 2009 11:15 PM, Blogger Officer Gary said...

When I was in high school nobody would be caught dead using Heroin. Nobody would even admit to it lest they be viewed as a total scumbag loser. Now days, a lot of teenagers are using it together at parties and don't think it's that bad. That's what I mean by 'socially acceptable'

At January 26, 2009 1:33 PM, Blogger whimsical brainpan said...

So very sad and stupid to boot.

I didn't have to deal with heroin in my high school or when I was in college for that matter. I did discover later it must have been on my college campus however. Sadly some otherwise very bright people I knew became junkies.

I do not envy kids the environment they have to grow up in these days.

At January 26, 2009 7:21 PM, Blogger SFC B said...

While in recruiting I ran into several high school kids who had, at the very least, tried heroin. It's a cheap drug, some places cheaper and easier to score than marijuana. It wouldn't surprise me in the least to hear that some schools in The Valley have serious problem with heroin. I can name a couple off the top of my head.

At February 01, 2009 11:54 PM, Blogger mrs. fuzz said...

Ha. kids these days. What gets me is that kids WAY younger than we would think are getting into this stuff. I have a 6 year old and I have a feeling I'll have to talk to her a lot sooner than I would've planned on because of how things are these days.

I love your blog. You're a great writer! I'm a soon to be police wife and have started blogging this last month in a search for other wives/officers that "understand what it's like" even though we are at the very beginning of it all.

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At June 28, 2018 11:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To anyone reading this, please listen to Officer Gary and myself. I am a recovering heroin addict with nearly a year and a half clean. This is the longest I have been clean in more than 10 years.

If you've never tried heroin, do not try it. You will become addicted, for sure. The "high" seems worth it in the moment, but I can assure you, it is not. There is a lot of heartache down the path to addiction.

If you are a parent, please talk to your kids when you feel they are at an appropriate age for the subject matter. There is no set age, as all kids are different. Just know that it is highly likely your kid will start to have some exposure to heroin and prescription painkillers (which WILL lead to heroin use) by middle school.

If you are using a legally prescribed narcotic painkiller (like Percocet, Vicodin, Oxycontin, Morphine, etc.), try to get off of it if you can. If you truly need it for pain, always follow your doctor's instructions and never take more than prescribed. If you start to feel yourself losing control, don't be afraid to ask for help (there are tons of resources out there, due to the current heroin epidemic.) My heroin addiction started from being legally prescribed narcotic painkillers by a doctor, and it slowly sped out of control.

If you are currently using heroin or any other opiate and you want to stop, get help ASAP. You can quit. If I can, anyone can. But you need help. If you could do it on your own, you already would have. Please get help, before you OD and die or something else horrible happens.

Thank you Officer Gary and all the other police officers out there that try to keep our streets clean from drugs and who do what they can for those with a horrible disease. Anyone that you arrest for heroin possession could be a life saved. If they're in jail. They are far less likely to OD, at least for the night. And for some, it is a true wakeup call.


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