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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TacomaRose

Does anyone realize that the 2011/2012 Grand Jury did a follow-up report on property and evidence rooms? They also did one in 2009.


Here is the link to the Grand jury report and the excerpts below are classic. How about Parkinson explaining some of this to the Grand Jury since he said correcting the property/evidence room deficiencies was a top priority.


http://slocourts.net/downloads/grand_jury/reports/2011/Property-evidence_Room_Report.pdf


“The property/evidence room currently contains over 75,000 items in a space that is not well designed or orderly. Additionally, the surplus shelving in use does not maximize the current space. While the evidence area is cluttered, the evidence observed was packaged properly and the evidence tracking software is used properly. Sheriff Ian Parkinson described the space as a “disaster” and he has made correcting the property/evidence room deficiencies a top priority.”


Audit/Inspections: The Sheriff’s Department is not in compliance with its Lexipol policies on audit procedures. The last audit was four years ago.


FINDINGS

1. The Police Departments of Arroyo Grande, Grover Beach, and Paso Robles, and the Sheriff’s Department are not in full compliance with their respective policies pertaining to evidence room inspections.


Truth Hurts

Funny you say that. Actually they are working on an entire new property room as we speak. There will probably be a news release in a few weeks it is getting worked on now. He has only been in office for two years and it takes time to get all this done and secure funding. Give Ian a chance


TacomaRose

a chance to do what? Cause more law suits.


His track record prior to and during the election speaks for itself and I suspect that when the depos and testimony start to come out concerning the SLOPD involvement in the medical marijuana lawsuits, well then we will start to see the outline of the puzzle.


He tried to point the finger at NTF and Hedges but you have to believe there is more to the story.


mkaney

Hey question.. .does anyone know if he is currently on paid leave? Isn’t it customary to put officers on paid leave until they have been found guilty?


Cindy

As much as the LE disdain the idea of random drug testing, it only makes sense that they’re the ones that should be tested above all others as they have the ability to do the public some of the greatest harm.


If we had been drug testing them just like we test bus drivers and airline pilots, Cory the addict never would have got away with this for as long as he did, in fact he wouldn’t have got away with it at all.


kayaknut

The police union has fought drug testing and never allows it unless there is plenty of notice and an ability to make sure the results are in their favor. For them “random” is never really random.


The Gimlet Eye

SLO’s finest, just doin’ what comes naturally. The bail does seem awfully low. Had a civilian done this, heaven help him!


SamLouis

Something is going to happen between now and Pierce’s court date. He’s either going to disappear, eat a gun or some people are going to get clipped.


Any LEO that pulls over and robs a known drug dealer while on the clock and in uniform is one extreme pile of crap.


I expect trouble on this one…


Gordo

I have heard from colleagues who represent clients in criminal cases in Federal court that the I.E. Attorney usually offers a one time offer of pleading guilty and receiving a very low sentence. I bet he pleads guilty, proffers and gets 18 months.

Of course I could be wrong and he goes on a killing spree to settle scores. It has happened before in this county. I saw on the news tonight some ex cop in LA is killing people to settle scores. I hope Pierce gets help and listens to what his attorney advises.


willieslo

SamLouis says: I expect trouble on this one


I was just wandering about that myself

Between the two, which one feels more vindictive to kill the other?

Who is going to protect them or how do they protect themselves?

Maybe they’re suppose to to kill each other or themselves?

Or maybe a couple of slick lawyers come along and get each of them to blow the case by modifying their testimony?

Or the case may not be able to conclude because one party flees or disappears?


slohomosapien

Sounds like Mayberry RFD. I wonder where they keep Barney’s bullet?


slohomosapien

One charge despite evidence of multiple crimes involving drug deals and the use (or threatened use) of firearms? He should be facing a possible 30 years, not 10. Because he has been woefully undercharged his bail was set far too low. Completely inexcusable under the circumstances.


hijinks2

Here is a simple question or two for all to consider. Since, an officer must check in with the evidence technician or senior officer to put things into or remove items from an evidence locker or room, how did Officer Pierce do this all by himself? Second question, since his crime involved drugs that he purportedly stole from the evidence locker, then how did this get past supervising drug officer Bledsloe?Was Bledsloe asleep, stupid or in what?


kettle

The word is the key was kept in a unlocked sergeant desk.


hijinks2

How can you call this a rogue police officer? Rogue is a fluke, a one or two bad apples out of the bunch. A couple of years back we had two cops busted for importing a controlled substance, then another nailed for beating up a mentally challenged person that he stalked to the persons residence. But then there was the fireman who went postal on another wedding guest and beat him to unconsciousness. And let’s not forget the little man who stole the batwing mower (Faria) and the idiots who dumped hazardous waste at the back of the City yard (Nance and associates). Didn’t a fired employee give Nance an old truck while still employed at the City – hmm to look the other way at his double dealings? And there was the idiot in utilities, Nicholson who was out charging customers for the same service he was paid to perform at the City. Then the countless other articles of corruption at the City. When will it end? Then there is the infinite City Attorney who professes that nothing is wrong, we are righteous. And the courts keep ruling against the City and we tax payers pick up the tab. This sounds like corruption from the top to bottom. Yes there are good people who work for government, but likely very few at this agency. Well, some with patriotism who hammered the administration for refusing to lower the flag to half-staff per the President’s proclamation. Just look at how crooked the council is. Double dealing mayor playing both sides of the fence on the Dalidio project! Councilman Ashbaugh serving on Capslo and funneling funds to his personal cause, so that he Dee, Adam and the rest can party all night long. But the end result when the parents are corrupt double dealing crooks, how can one expect the children to be any different. Sorry to those few hard working, ethical and moral employees at that agency, but speak out or you are just as guility because of complacency