An unidentified Phoenix police detective who investigators believe stole as many as 2,400 narcotic pills from the department’s evidence room has submitted his resignation, according to a news report.
The theft was allegedly discovered by the department’s Professional Standards Bureau, which conducts routine audits of drugs that are kept as evidence and marked for destruction. A recent audit revealed that a number of Oxycodone pills had been swapped out, and other drugs were missing as well.
A department spokesman said the suspected detective had access to the drugs, and the authority to check them out of the evidence room. The department is working with the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office on the case; the detective may face charges of felony theft and drug possession.