Heroin recovered from Ford Bronco in Oceano

October 29, 2014

HeroinSan Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s narcotics detectives found approximately $30,000 worth of heroin inside a vehicle parked in Oceano Tuesday afternoon.

An anonymous tip prompted the discovery, and a sheriff’s office K9 detected the heroin. About 230 grams of heroin were concealed within a compartment of a red 1996 Ford Bronco.

The Bronco was parked in the 2700 block of Cienaga Street in Oceano. Detectives recovered the heroin at approximately 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The Sheriff’s Office Narcotic Unit is now trying determine the owner of the car and the narcotics. An investigation is ongoing.

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This doesn’t pass the smell test. Something is fishy here.

I don’t know if this is happening locally, but around the country, there have been many cases of LEO’s using illegal means to obtain information about something and then crediting “an anonymous tip” so that they can make a bust. While I am not going to cry over the fate of a heroin dealer (assuming that the figures for the bust are reasonably accurate), I don’t like the idea of local cops feeling free to dodge laws meant to protect innocent people even to get a guilty one. The attitude which allows that can too easily evolve into an attitude that it is OK for cops to do other illegal things including covering their own butts when they screw up.

Congrats to the Sheriff’s Dept, give the K9 a treat.