Phoenix Police Detective Suspected of Stealing Drugs From Evidence Room; Swaps Out Oxycontin for Aleve

A detective from the Phoenix Police Department was arrested yesterday for allegedly stealing drugs from the department's evidence room.

The unidentified detective is a 12-year veteran of the force.

According to police, the detective would steal Oxycontin that was scheduled to be destroyed. As if nobody would notice, the detective would replace it with the over-the-counter pain reliever Aleve.

Cops became hip to the detective's scam after conducting a routine audit of stored evidence. They suspect that in total, the detective tampered with 83 evidence bag, and stole about 2,400 pills. Authorities say it's unclear how long the detective's been ripping off evidence rooms, but say the investigation is ongoing.

Police say it's unlikely the tampered evidence will impact any criminal cases because the drugs were scheduled to be destroyed.

The detective was arrested yesterday after handing in his letter of resignation to his superiors. He faces charges of evidence tampering, theft, and drug possession.

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