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article imageCops accused of eating confiscated pot brownies

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By Kim I. Hartman     Sep 29, 2011 in Crime
Houston - Three Houston police officers are under investigation after a 19-year-old man who was arrested for drug possession accused them of eating his pot brownies. He backs up his claim with a transcript of a conversation the cops had later that night.
Nicholas Hill claims he told the police "they weren't not the kind of brownies their mom's use to make" when the officer said, "let me guess what's in this," referring to a tray of marijuana laced brownies.
The Houston Police Department was responding to a complaint that someone had smelled marijuana smoke when the brownies were discovered by officers knocking on doors at the Atascocita's apartments , reports ABC News.
A search of the apartment produced the fresh batch of pot brownies and some marijuana. Hill and his friends were arrested and taken into custody by the HPD, but not before warning the cops not to eat the space cakes.
The Houston police officers allegedly consumed the brownies then returned to their patrol cars, where they exchanged messages on their in-car computers that Hill says backs up his claim the cops ate his pot brownies.
The conversation between the 'spaced-out' cops was automatically saved by the police department's communication system and ABC's local news obtained a copy. It read:
At 2:44 in the morning one officer writes, "So HIGH ...Good munchies"
The other writes back, "Everything should be open when we get done."
First officer: "Two hours, max."
"Probably, but this will take the whole shift."
Houston Police Department's Internal Affairs Division says the incident is under investigation and the officers involved are being tested for drugs. Executive Assistant Chief Mike Dirden admitted to ABC News that this can put "the integrity of the department at risk."
Daniel Cahill, defense attorney for Hill, said: “If they actually are true, then we’re talking about is destruction of evidence. That’s a felony. We’re talking about official misconduct. We’re potentially talking about police offices driving around the city of Houston high on drugs, conducting official police business while high on drugs. It’s a pretty big deal.”
Hill's drug possession charge is "stuck in a holding pattern," according to Cahill, pending the outcome of the Internal Affairs investigation.
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