Deputy Smuggled Heroin Into Jail In a Bean and Cheese Burrito
Forget the file in the cake trick, how about getting drugs into the jail in a tasty rolled-up Mexican food staple: Heroin in a burrito. One Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy, "assigned to provide courthouse security," surrendered Wednesday for having willingly smuggled the drugs into the courthouse jail in a 2010 incident, according to the L.A. Times.
Henry Marin, 27, pleaded not guilty on charges he brought drugs into the jail and conspired to commit a crime.
It was a bean-and-cheese burrito that bore the contraband, and it was knowingly handed off to Marin by a woman at the courthouse who says she was instructed to pass the food to the deputy.
Smuggling of contraband, from drugs to cellphones, has become far more widespread in area jails over the last few years. In the case of the heroin burrito, Marin is thought to have conspired with "at least two other unnamed individuals" to move the drugs into the jail. The extent to which law enforcement personnel are involved in such crimes is not fully known.
For Marin, this bust cost him his job; he was relieved of duty, though he did make his $25,000 bail Wednesday and is no longer in custody.
Of the disgraced deputy's drug smuggling, Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said: "This kind of behavior is absolutely inexcusable for anybody, especially a law enforcement representative."