( 4UMF NEWS ) Drug Deputy Busted With $2 Million In Marijuana:
A California drug task force officer was caught in a $2 million marijuana bust across the country, in Pennsylvania.
York police busted a trio of drug traffickers with almost 247 pounds of marijuana in the car and $11,000 in cash, York County District Attorney Tom Kearney said at a press conference.
The 122 packages of marijuana were worth $2 million, he said.
Behind piles of marijuana bags spread across four tables, Kearney said a California deputy sheriff was among the three caught trying to smuggle the massive amounts of marijuana into the state.
Christopher Mark Heath, 37, was a drug task force agent for the last three years for the Yuba County Sheriff’s department and traveled on vacation to deliver the marijuana, the Appeal Democrat reported.
The crooked sheriff’s deputy had lead investigations for at least 62 criminal cases, many of which involved marijuana, commander Martin Horan said.
Heath, Tyler Neil Long, 31, and Ryan Jay Falsone, 27, all drove from California to Pennsylvania to sell large quantities of drugs, police said.
Cops busted the trafficking trio after getting tipped off about the interstate drug dealers.
Officers confronted the California deputy and his two accomplices after they tried delivering marijuana to a person in the early morning hours on Dec. 29, the York Daily Record reported.
Along with the massive amount of drugs, police also found Heath’s badge and service weapon.
“One has to be both saddened and angry when you hear of something like this,” Kearney told reporters at the press conference. “The work that is done by the task force and police officers in general is very dangerous work, and it is made more dangerous by the fact that occasionally there is a bad apple in the barrel.”
Heath is on administrative leave from the sheriff’s department, pending the results of his criminal trial. He was originally hired as a correctional officer in November 2003 and promoted to deputy sheriff in January 2007.
The Yuba County District Attorney said they were reviewing cases Heath investigated to determine if they were crooked as well. The 247 pounds of marijuana will be burned in an incinerator, Kearney said.
The three suspects each were charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and criminal conspiracy, police said, and released on a $1 million bail.