State trooper is investigated in marijuana case

April 02, 1996|By Kris Antonelli | Kris Antonelli,SUN STAFF

A Maryland state trooper is under investigation by the attorney general's office in the apparent theft of 50 pounds of marijuana held as evidence in a property room of the state police Criminal Investigations Division this month, according to authorities.

The trooper -- an eight-year veteran assigned to a drug trafficking unit in the Bureau of Drug and Criminal Enforcement in Pikesville -- has not been criminally charged. However, his police powers have been suspended and he has been assigned to administrative duties, said department spokesman Michael McKelvin.

The apparent theft came to light March 8 when workers at the Anne Arundel County landfill found a cardboard box with state police evidence tape on it.

Police traced the numbers on the box and found that it had been used to store about 50 pounds of marijuana seized July 20 in a narcotics investigation, Mr. McKelvin said.

No one had been arrested in that investigation and the marijuana -- stored in an evidence room at an undisclosed site in Howard County -- was supposed to have been destroyed, he said.

State police have audited all property rooms and did not find anything else missing, Mr. McKelvin said.

Pub Date: 4/02/96

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