Rogue police officer bailed and on the loose

February 6, 2013

slo policShortly after FBI agents arrested a San Luis Obispo Police officer who allegedly stole drugs from the evidence locker, held guns on his victims while stealing drugs under the color of authority and then bribed others to sell the drugs, the officer is out of jail.

Officer Cory Pierce, 38, paid the $25,000 bail and was released. An informant who worked with FBI agents said he was warned late Tuesday afternoon that the rogue officer was on his way back to San Luis Obispo.

The probationer said Pierce manipulated him and his girlfriend into selling or trading drugs for Pierce which they did on about 80 occasions.

Pierce also told the probationer that he could work off a heroin charge if he cooperated, the federal attorney’s office in Los Angeles said in a press release. Pierce would provide the probationer and his girlfriend placebo pain pills to trade for real pain pills or drugs used for heroin addiction.

After the probationer told Pierce the drug dealer he had deceived wanted revenge, Pierce said he would “take care of it,” the press release says. Pierce also allegedly took drugs from drug dealers.

“Pierce pulled over the dealer’s vehicle at gunpoint, seized morphine pills and let the dealer go without making an arrest,” the press release says.

The probationer is considering a restraining order against Pierce in light of the fact he informed against a person who has access to weapons and who is facing 10 years in jail partially based on information he provided. The probationer is currently in hiding and afraid for his life.


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I think this Mystery dealer is smoked out if he thinks a restraining order is worth a damn. We don’t even know how many other people or officers are involved, much less where to serve them. I certainly hope he has the sense to hide far away… knowing how dumb and disorganized this county’s Probation Office is, he is probably afraid they would violate his probation Ha ha ha

Another series of questions for the public to consider: (1) How many years did this wonderful example of the ineptness of public service supervisor oversight commit these atrocities before they discovered the issue, if they did? (2) How many complaints were rebuffed and discounted by Chief Gezzel and Sheriff Parkinson because the complaining party was a parolee? (3) How did these people who are trained at detecting and ascertaining crimes miss all the signs of an officer engaged in criminal activities in their own house? (4) Why did the FBI have to get involved in this issue? (5) Lastly, how many local sheriffs and local police officers have been charged with misdemeanors and felonies in just the past four years in this county?

Sounds to me like we have completely incompetent people supervising staff! Sounds to me like the motto is hear no, speak no, and see no evil within the ranks. They are so concerned about covering up the misconduct, rather than eliminating it. There are some really hardworking, honest and law abiding officers out there, but management is too concerned about covering up misconduct rather than swiftly addressing the issues within their own house.

If anyone sincerely wants to understand the governments ban on marijuana, and how it effects society, I strongly suggest they watch the three part series called Prohibition. I watched it on Hula. This series looked at why prohibition was thought to be a good idea, what political forces eventually caused the amendment to pass and why it eventually was repealed.

Yes, not allowing alcohol to be sold is a good idea.

Yes, alcohol can destroy lives.

Yes, making alcohol illegal puts enormous power into the hands of criminals.

Yes, making alcohol illegal corrupts law enforcement to an amazing degree.

Yes, making alcohol illegal removes huge tax revenues for government.

Yes, no matter what the law is, a large percentage of people are going to continue to drink.

Yes, making alcohol illegal turned the United States into a nation of hypocrites and scofflaws.

Anyone who can watch this three hour documentary and not substitute the word marijuana for alcohol has my sincere sympathy.

WHAT has happened that we are so focused on ego and power that we stopped being human beings?

For one thing, this pile of crap sounds as if he’s also a junkie…

Reminds me of a Criminal Justice course I took ages ago in another state: the professor, a psychologist, told the class that there is very little difference, psychologically, from LEO and Criminals. They have very close mindsets which is why it’s such a cat-and-mouse game with the truly criminal and those who sought law enforcement over law breaking.

Kindred souls, or…….

Takes one to know one.

As a person who has felt Cory Pierce’s pistol against the back of my head, I have to wonder why Pierce wasn’t given the full treatment by LE. His door wasn’t busted in, rather he was driven to the FBI office in Santa Maria in a county car. No guns to his head, his house wasn’t ripped apart and left trashed. His children aren’t in protective custody nor was he charged with Child endangerment. His savings and checking accounts and any cash in his house were not seized. He wasn’t held in the paddy wagon until he had to urinate while shackled as 8 officers stood 15 feet away and had a good laugh. There doesn’t seem to be a mugshot either. The Doobie Dozen had their mug shot on the TT front page and on their website for over a year. Pierce also needs to be accountable for all the falsehoods he has added to his arrest reports over the years.

Ian, you have some splaining to do. This is your hand picked boy. He is a 100% junkie POS. I’d also like to know how within 24 hours of Cory’s arrest , every member of the Sheriff’s drug task force was drug tested and the results returned and made public and of course everybody was clean. Yeah, that’s gonna happen. Justice in SlO county.

I would guess that there is more to come regarding this piece of crap. I hope he rots in hell. Too bad Rod (convictions for all and Pozo rodeo clown), Amy (lying Lompoc loser), and Jay (pot expert Dickle) aren’t there to join him.

Don’t lay any blame on Parkinson for hiring this self serving piece of work… Pierce got his foot in the door with SLO PD and went on from there. Perhaps this individual started off on the right foot and fell victim to the temptations of power and greed over time, or maybe he sought this position long ago for this very purpose. Whatever the case, let us ALL be thankful that Hedges wasn’t working this one, or we would have no internal affairs at all and probably a homicide spike never seen before in the history of this county… which may explain the spike that we did see.

I get physically sick knowing that is very probable that Pierce is not the only Officer involved, and that we are just now seeing the tip of a giant shit-berg. I think every agency in the county should test their Officers and continue in random intervals with urinalysis and hair samples (witnessed blood draw for the skin heads) post haste!

I have just as much cause to be bitter as you (oneofadozen) may be more, but please give some credit for the initiative taken thus far

In reference to this article posted on this site: “Evidence keepers scrutinized by Grand Jury

December 11, 2008″… I believe this may be worth a second look now.

Does this mean that the chity of SLO is going to be down 1 revenue generator to sit at the corner of Weasle Way and Chickenshit Blvd to hand out 5-10 mph over speed limit tickets? Ruh-roh.

All law enforcement officers should be drug tested regularly by an outside agency.

99.9% of the WORLD could care less about being drug tested and it’s probably higher in law enforcement smartmouth….in MY opinion anyhow. Why would we knowingly incur more expense to drug test law enforcement? That bad ones always weed themselves out. Yes, I’ll take the free pun I tossed in there.

I think you are wrong about the drug testing, the ones not wanting it are the ones affected by it. Why would then police union fight so hard to prevent it, are you saying they fight it to save the cost of doing it, not hardly, Why would it be so bad to “weed” the bad ones out before they go bad, why does the public have to wait for that to happen and continue to pay the salaries and benefits.

Well stunned, you might want to consider the costs associated with this Pierce fellow. ALL cases he worked on will have to be reviewed. Lawsuits will undoubtedly come as a result. The costs will be so enormous it will overshadow the miniscule costs of drug testing that would have caught up with this guy years ago.

Odd, to have a commerical drivers license, transit,bus,truck even the trollys, are all covered by the comerical drivers license, CDL, you have to submit to a drug/urine test on a random basis, so why don’t public employees, police officers, have to submit also.

Because they have a hidden role to fulfill that the others don’t.

I’ll let you guess as to what that might be.

The devastation of drug use on individuals and their families has touched almost everyone; consequently, it is hard to engender sympathy for a man in blue who has walked away from the special trust the community has given him.

The devastation of drug use on individuals and their families doesn’t hold a candle to the devastation wrought by the war on drugs.

So by all means lets just forget about those intrusted who destroy that trust, we should just those individuals go and only talk about the war on drugs

I’m not sure if I even understand what you wrote… but based on my best guess, my comment was not meant to suggest that the cop is a victim of the war on drugs. He has, as you described, violated the trust he was given, What I’m suggesting is that the WAR on drugs is more damaging than drugs themselves on ordinary citizens.

Really? Ya sure? Society did not regulate drugs just to prevent people from having a good time, sex and roller coasters remain legal. The war on drugs may be expensive, ineffective, what have you, but IT does not hold a candle to the devastation wrought by drugs on individuals, families, and society (society=MY quality of life). Ever read about meth babies?

The humor in the situation is that the drugs the officer was selling were, as I understand it, real and phony prescription drugs. There is no control over prescription drugs, yet delusional people like Pat Hedges believe they can control marijuana. People overdose and die on Oxy. Marijuanna, not so much.

The people who had their children proned out with shotguns to their heads and grandparents who were placed in handcuffs are no doubt marveling at the irony of the whole thing. The massive lawsuits that are working their way through the courts regarding the treatment of citizens by the Narcotics Task Force should be helped along by the fiasco concerning Officer Pierce working both sides of the street.

Dressing up in black masks and strapping on heavy weapons so you can kick down doors is a rush and a lot of fun. Better to save that behavior for criminal gang activity than practicing on people who are in compliance with state law. Law enforcement behaving like commandos with law abiding people gets a little expensive when the lawsuits start. Pat Hedges gets over $300,000.00 a year for life. It would be nice if he would use that money to pay for the lawsuits his policies engendered.

I concur. I would also like to add that it was Hedges that disbanded the internal affairs operations and that is very ominous. Simple logic would tell the average person that Hedges doesn’t have any interest in accountability or responsibility and he may have something to hide……Advanced logic with experience would tell any Cop in the world that Hedges IS hiding something and to jam him up for the truth. Fiscal Logic tells me Hedges retired bereft of conscience and very wealthy and this is probably very entertaining to him.