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(WSBTV)   Cops bust rental house tenants for drugs, search house, return house to owner. Owner cleans house, finds drugs. Then things get weird   (wsbtv.com ) divider line
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2012-11-01 08:39:11 AM  
"Now, I will be forever reluctant to pick up the phone and dial the police again,"

I always wonder what's left out of these types of stories. How did he "tamper" with the evidence? What did he do to disrespect or offend them?

Oh, yeah, maybe the cops were just a**holes who were pissed that he found something they missed.
 
2012-11-01 08:42:33 AM  
Cops bust rental house tenants for drugs, search house, return house to owner. Owner cleans house, finds drugs. Then things get pre-lawsuitey

FTFY, subby.

I'm holding out a small sliver of hope for some sort of other shoe to drop on this, but I really can't think of any logical reason why you would charge homeowners with Tampering with Evidence, of all things. Maybe if they opened the bags and started flushing them down the toilet, THEN called the cops? But then why call the cops in the first place? ARGH.

Whatever, I won't bash my head into a wall trying to figure this one out right now.
 
2012-11-01 08:47:03 AM  
From a person born and raised in New Orleans I have a pro tip for anyone who thinks the cops are on their side. They're not. If you find anything that could help the police in any way get rid of it immediately. Flush it, burn it, bury it, whatever you have to do .. but don't involve the cops.
 
2012-11-01 08:48:00 AM  
Sounds like there's some piece of the story where they transitioned between "finding" evidence and "tampering with" it.
"ok, mr cop. I found 8 bags of drugs in various places across the house. To make things easier on you, I emptied them out into this one big tupperware container! See? I'm helping!"
 
2012-11-01 08:50:53 AM  

serial_crusher: Sounds like there's some piece of the story where they transitioned between "finding" evidence and "tampering with" it.
"ok, mr cop. I found 8 bags of drugs in various places across the house. To make things easier on you, I emptied them out into this one big tupperware container! See? I'm helping!"


Don't be a simpleton. They found something that was overlooked and brough it to their attention.

xynix: From a person born and raised in New Orleans I have a pro tip for anyone who thinks the cops are on their side. They're not. If you find anything that could help the police in any way get rid of it immediately. Flush it, burn it, bury it, whatever you have to do .. but don't involve the cops.


There are many that will agree with you.
 
2012-11-01 08:51:08 AM  
Alright, thought of a possibility. Keep in mind I barely have my FARK Law GED, so....

The article mentions that the homeowners found the drugs in the walls. My guess is that they found some kind of badly patched area, or maybe something that looked like hidden storage. Being wary and not wanting to bother the cops if it turned out to be nothing, they opened the thing to see what was in there, and like the guy says then called the cops. The reason why the cops are pissed is because opening that broke the chain of evidence.

That, or the process of opening this behind-the-walls drug storage involved smashing of some kind. They said they found 8 bags of narcotics; they didn't say they were IN TACT.

Fark it, I'm off to bed now. Damn you, internet!
 
2012-11-01 08:58:59 AM  

AbbeySomeone: serial_crusher: Sounds like there's some piece of the story where they transitioned between "finding" evidence and "tampering with" it.
"ok, mr cop. I found 8 bags of drugs in various places across the house. To make things easier on you, I emptied them out into this one big tupperware container! See? I'm helping!"

Don't be a simpleton. They found something that was overlooked and brough it to their attention.

xynix: From a person born and raised in New Orleans I have a pro tip for anyone who thinks the cops are on their side. They're not. If you find anything that could help the police in any way get rid of it immediately. Flush it, burn it, bury it, whatever you have to do .. but don't involve the cops.

There are many that will agree with you.


More and more I'm one of them. I used to think the police were there for the sole purpose of helping the public, but not anymore.
 
2012-11-01 09:33:15 AM  
Ha
 
2012-11-01 09:33:40 AM  
No good deed...
 
2012-11-01 09:33:44 AM  
Seems cops are the same everywhere you go.

It would be refreshing if an intelligent one existed somewhere. Anywhere.
 
2012-11-01 09:34:15 AM  
The owner of the house probably took his security deposit from the stash before alerting authorities.
 
2012-11-01 09:35:49 AM  
Asinine tag waiting for bail to be posted?
 
2012-11-01 09:36:34 AM  
It all started going down hill when it was discovered enforcing the law and public safety could become profitable endeavors.
 
2012-11-01 09:37:01 AM  

xynix: From a person born and raised in New Orleans I have a pro tip for anyone who thinks the cops are on their side. They're not. If you find anything that could help the police in any way get rid of it immediately. Flush it, burn it, bury it, whatever you have to do .. but don't involve the cops.


vincentpaone.files.wordpress.com

The answer is three... three posts
 
2012-11-01 09:37:59 AM  

TexasPeace: "Now, I will be forever reluctant to pick up the phone and dial the police again,"

I always wonder what's left out of these types of stories. How did he "tamper" with the evidence? What did he do to disrespect or offend them?

Oh, yeah, maybe the cops were just a**holes who were pissed that he found something they missed.



Something totally obvious, apparently.

/Thou shalt not embarrass the cops
 
2012-11-01 09:39:21 AM  

TexasPeace: Oh, yeah, maybe the cops were just a**holes who were pissed that he found something they missed.


This.

"You're under arrest for making us look bad!"
 
2012-11-01 09:39:36 AM  
It's because the cops left 9 bags behind to be retrieved later.
 
2012-11-01 09:41:21 AM  
Fark the pigs.
 
2012-11-01 09:43:43 AM  
Huh. another story about American Cops being assholes. Almost like this is a pattern or something. Like the TSA being theiving gypsies.
 
2012-11-01 09:44:28 AM  

TexasPeace: I always wonder what's left out of these types of stories.


Yeah, feels distinctly like there is something missing.

I watched the video, and there is a shot of the wall where the drugs were found. If it was in the state shown when the cops were there, they would have been BLIND to miss it. It is more likely to me that he cut open the wall at this point, as suggested by yukichigai, and in doing so raised suspicions with the cops (i.e. how did you know you'd find them there).
 
2012-11-01 09:45:31 AM  
so the lesson here is don't ever help the cops? great thing to teach people! i'm sure that will never go badly for anyone...
 
2012-11-01 09:45:43 AM  
Back in the old days, I rented an apartment in South City in St. Louis. Inside the closet of the bedroom I found a small bag of pot. I called some freinds over and we smoked it while watching a football game. I didn't get arrested for tampering with anything, mostly because I DIDN'T CALL THE FARKING POLICE.
 
2012-11-01 09:49:29 AM  
And the cops wonder why when there's a crime they can't get people to come forward and assist them. Maybe because of shiat like this? Surprisingly, the more often you fark over people trying to do the right thing, the less often people are going to want to do the right thing. Which isn't to say I don't think these people "tampered with the evidence". I'm sure they did. The probably found it in a hiding space and took it out to figure out wtf it was. Which is a perfectly logical and reasonable thing to do and totally should be followed up with jail time.
 
2012-11-01 09:49:43 AM  
The cops (or one of them) probably planned on coming back to the vacant home to burglarize it, collecting the remaining drugs to sell or use them.

Still make the bust, and still make a big profit. The guy, by getting dispatch (who was not in on the scheme) aware of it messed up the profit part.
 
GBB
2012-11-01 09:50:01 AM  
Probably the missing piece here is hidden in the fact that the homeowner had the house "returned" to him after the bust of the tenants. I'm thinking that the homeowner was in the process of evicting them after some dispute. I'm also thinking that the homeowner is the one that initiated the cops in investigating hit tenants. And lastly, I'm thinking that the tampering with evidence is that the homeowner planted the drugs in the house to hopefully trump up the charges and "screw" with his former tenants.
 
2012-11-01 09:50:45 AM  

SmellsLikePoo: TexasPeace: I always wonder what's left out of these types of stories.

Yeah, feels distinctly like there is something missing.

I watched the video, and there is a shot of the wall where the drugs were found. If it was in the state shown when the cops were there, they would have been BLIND to miss it. It is more likely to me that he cut open the wall at this point, as suggested by yukichigai, and in doing so raised suspicions with the cops (i.e. how did you know you'd find them there).



You may have a point. That torn up wall looks way to neat for cop work.


/They love to wreck shiat and leave the mess for others
 
2012-11-01 09:52:07 AM  

SmellsLikePoo: TexasPeace: I always wonder what's left out of these types of stories.

Yeah, feels distinctly like there is something missing.

I watched the video, and there is a shot of the wall where the drugs were found. If it was in the state shown when the cops were there, they would have been BLIND to miss it. It is more likely to me that he cut open the wall at this point, as suggested by yukichigai, and in doing so raised suspicions with the cops (i.e. how did you know you'd find them there).


Obviously you didn't watch the video well enough. He states the wall was in the exact shape it is in now.

The cops did a poor job of searching the house, and now they are pissed this guy is making them look bad.
 
2012-11-01 09:52:49 AM  

GBB: Probably the missing piece here is hidden in the fact that the homeowner had the house "returned" to him after the bust of the tenants. I'm thinking that the homeowner was in the process of evicting them after some dispute. I'm also thinking that the homeowner is the one that initiated the cops in investigating hit tenants. And lastly, I'm thinking that the tampering with evidence is that the homeowner planted the drugs in the house to hopefully trump up the charges and "screw" with his former tenants.



I like the way you think.

I think.
 
2012-11-01 09:53:49 AM  

SmellsLikePoo: TexasPeace: I always wonder what's left out of these types of stories.

Yeah, feels distinctly like there is something missing.

I watched the video, and there is a shot of the wall where the drugs were found. If it was in the state shown when the cops were there, they would have been BLIND to miss it. It is more likely to me that he cut open the wall at this point, as suggested by yukichigai, and in doing so raised suspicions with the cops (i.e. how did you know you'd find them there).


I got a different impression when I watched the video. It looked like the stash was behind a bathroom mirror or something, which I assume the cops were too lazy to look behind, so when the homeowner removed it, it was farily obvious something was wrong.

So he called the cops, they came down, noticed he had a rather dark complexion, so they did the natural thing and arrested him.
 
2012-11-01 09:56:09 AM  

vudukungfu: Fark the pigs.


This! Never ever talk to a coontstable.
 
2012-11-01 09:56:48 AM  

eKonk: SmellsLikePoo: TexasPeace: I always wonder what's left out of these types of stories.

Yeah, feels distinctly like there is something missing.

I watched the video, and there is a shot of the wall where the drugs were found. If it was in the state shown when the cops were there, they would have been BLIND to miss it. It is more likely to me that he cut open the wall at this point, as suggested by yukichigai, and in doing so raised suspicions with the cops (i.e. how did you know you'd find them there).

I got a different impression when I watched the video. It looked like the stash was behind a bathroom mirror or something, which I assume the cops were too lazy to look behind, so when the homeowner removed it, it was farily obvious something was wrong.

So he called the cops, they came down, noticed he had a rather dark complexion, so they did the natural thing and arrested him.



Maybe they can seize the rental house as "ill gotten gains", and $ell it for profit?
 
2012-11-01 09:58:41 AM  

jafiwam: The cops (or one of them) probably planned on coming back to the vacant home to burglarize it, collecting the remaining drugs to sell or use them.

Still make the bust, and still make a big profit. The guy, by getting dispatch (who was not in on the scheme) aware of it messed up the profit part.


This is also possible.
 
2012-11-01 09:59:17 AM  
Totally asinine reaction by the police which overlooks one important face.

A farking drug dealer wouldn't call police to turn in their drugs.
 
2012-11-01 10:04:51 AM  

I_Am_Weasel: It's because the cops left 9 bags behind to be retrieved later.


Ding! Ding! Ding! Either for their personal use or planted to bust the owner too.
 
2012-11-01 10:05:27 AM  
When we moved into our current home we found out from the neighbors that the tenants here used to deal drugs (one told us they would watch them weigh and measure stuff in the back yard on a picnic table). Needless to say when i found an old carpet rolled up in the basement with white powder all over it I burned the freaking thing.
 
2012-11-01 10:06:33 AM  
DON'T EVER POINT OUT THE COPS FAILURE TO THE COPS!
 
2012-11-01 10:08:08 AM  
Whenever I find large bags of narcotics, I just toss them over the fence into an elementary school playground. The problem just takes care of itself!
 
2012-11-01 10:08:22 AM  
Maybe they *DID* tamper with the evidence. Cops have a way of knowing things. They're people just like us..  I've never met a cop I didn't like.
 
2012-11-01 10:12:30 AM  

xynix: From a person born and raised in New Orleans I have a pro tip for anyone who thinks the cops are on their side. They're not. If you find anything that could help the police in any way get rid of it immediately. Flush it, burn it, bury it, whatever you have to do .. but don't involve the cops.


I agree.
Never deal with the cops AT ALL, if that's possible.

With authorities, you just never know when they'll decide to be dicks. Better to not risk it, ever.
 
2012-11-01 10:15:47 AM  
Somewhere in Georgia, some city attorney is going "Why, why, why, why, why?" as he bangs his head into the desk.
 
2012-11-01 10:18:52 AM  
You don't argue with the uneducated man with a gun.

And you certainly don't invite the uneducated man with a gun over to your house.
 
2012-11-01 10:19:29 AM  

slayer199: Totally asinine reaction by the police which overlooks one important face.

A farking drug dealer wouldn't call police to turn in their drugs.

 

You obviously don't read the internet enough
 
2012-11-01 10:21:30 AM  
Perhaps this sort of story is why people might be worried about this:

The latest rights in jeopardy at the Supreme Court: whether police can take a trained drug-detection dog up to a house to smell for drugs inside, and if the dog alerts, use that to justify a search of the home

/ Don't Cross the Theads!
// It would be interesting to have followup or clarification on the details of the story
 
2012-11-01 10:21:35 AM  
And somewhere in Georgia, a personal injury law firm's staff just shouted "Woo-hoo" in unison. Time to check in with the insurance carrier, Mr.Police Authorities guy, This may well end up being a taxing affair for you and all the residents in the community.
 
2012-11-01 10:22:15 AM  

CookbookChef: You obviously don't read the internet enough


A drug dealer would call police to report their drugs stolen, but NOT to turn them in.
 
2012-11-01 10:23:05 AM  

TexasPeace: "Now, I will be forever reluctant to pick up the phone and dial the police again,"

I always wonder what's left out of these types of stories. How did he "tamper" with the evidence? What did he do to disrespect or offend them?

Oh, yeah, maybe the cops were just a**holes who were pissed that he found something they missed.


Article doesn't give facts, but a reasonable scenario would be that one spouse finds drugs and begins flushing them down the toilet, but the other decides it is better to hand over to police. Evidence is destroyed and charges are filed. Ignorance of a law is not an excuse even if you are acting out of what one would commonly assume is the right thing to do.
 
2012-11-01 10:24:37 AM  
I hope the home owners sue the fark out of them and take as many of those dumb farkers off the police force by way of extracting so much money, they have to let go of a few more dumb cops this month. It happens every week in some precincts. How do I know this? Let's just say that I have many friends that are good cops that fire these dumb arses by way of internal affairs. EVERY WEEK!
 
2012-11-01 10:26:38 AM  

Jon iz teh kewl: Maybe they *DID* tamper with the evidence. Cops have a way of knowing things. They're people just like us..  I've never met a cop I didn't like.


2/10
 
2012-11-01 10:26:42 AM  

eKonk: So he called the cops, they came down, noticed he had a rather dark complexion, so they did the natural thing and arrested him.


In this case I don't think race had anything to do with it, this is Clayton County, where a County Sheriff got in all kinds of trouble for firing all of the white officers the day he took office. This is a case of the cops being Jackbooted Thugs.

/When I heard the story I would have guessed Gwinnett County was shocked it was elsewhere in the metro area.
 
2012-11-01 10:27:07 AM  
The guy should be saying "sweet!" because he has an open and shut wrongful arrest suit.
 
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