Stealing drugs from dead man new low for local cops

We’ve all heard bad stories about bad cops, but Broward Sheriff’s Deputy Eduardo Mesa steals the cake.

And the drugs. And apparently he isn’t the only druggie cop out there.

If what his own department says is true, Mesa responded to a fatal train accident in January and amid the death saw opportunity. Instead of helping to solve what happened, Mesa is accused of throwing the dead man’s clothes in a dumpster, stealing his prescription drugs and later failing to file a police report.
I wouldn’t have filed one either if I was pilfering a dead man’s hydrocodone.

I also wouldn’t have kept the stolen drugs with the victim’s name on the bottle in my squad car, as Mesa apparently did. Investigators also found 26 Xanax pills. Now he faces a bunch of charges, including armed trafficking since he had his service gun on him when he allegedly stole the drugs. He also had enough drugs on him to qualify as a dealer.

Mesa is one bad apple among a barrel of hero apples. His bad boy behavior shouldn’t drag the rest down.

But it does. Because it keeps happening.

Drug charges in a number of cases in Broward are currently being dropped or reduced because they are tainted by a crime lab chemist accused of repeatedly stealing seized drugs.

And in May, we heard about the alleged stupidity of Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Deputy Joaquin Fonseca. He supposedly was working undercover when he says he was helping bust a dealer for selling crack. Unfortunately for Fonseca, the alleged dealer had cameras and video that showed he didn’t sell anything to the poor deputy. Later, Fonseca’s own dash video was used to prove he bought the crack from a different dealer to set up the one he actually busted.

The worst thing is not the crimes these clowns commit. It’s the stain they leave behind on the uniform.

Daniel Vasquez may be reached at dvasquez@sunsentinel.com or @ConsumerDan.

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