O’Fallon, Mo. detective accused of stealing evidence to fuel drug habit

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by Dan Greenwald / KMOV.com

KMOV.com

Posted on April 11, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 11 at 5:44 PM

(KMOV.com) – An O’Fallon, Mo. police detective was arrested Friday after authorities said he stole drugs that were evidence for an investigation.

35-year-old Luke A. Smyka has been charged with two counts of felony stealing and two counts of felony possession of a controlled substance.

Police said they were keeping hydrocodone and methadone as evidence, when an evidence specialist noticed each bottle of medication had been tampered with. According to authorities, Smyka removed the medication from the evidence packaging and kept it for his personal use. Police believe Smyka then replaced the stolen pills with different medication.

Authorities said Smyka later admitted to stealing the drugs because he is addicted to pain killers.

Bond has been set at $5,000.

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