Officer On Leave After Mistaken Meth Incident

(Walls, MS) The town of Walls is the smallest in DeSoto County, but it’s growing.

“When I took over the department, I only had three officers, and now I’m up to 14 officers,” said Police Chief Reginald Harris.

But one of those officers is in hot water over a case of mistaken identity.

He took a meth lab during a traffic stop, then brought it back to the police station.

It all started about 2:30 Tuesday afternoon with a traffic stop at Old 61 and Goodman Road.

As the officer approached the 2000 Mustang, he saw the passenger in the back seat stuff something into the trunk area.

So the officer got the driver’s permission for a search.

“As he was doing the search, that’s where he came across what he suspected to be what they call ‘shake and bake,'” explained Harris.

He says it’s a less volatile form of meth-making, but still dangerous.

Apparently the officer didn’t realize exactly what he had, so he loaded up the evidence and his suspects, then brought them to the police station as part of normal police procedure.

But there’s nothing normal about the chemicals used to make methamphetamine, which can explode in some instances.

“Our guy knows that now and everybody else is gonna know it because we gonna get educated on it” said Chief Harris.

He says Hazmat crews had to bag the officer’s uniform, and thoroughly clean out his truck.

“For future reference, it will not be brought to the police department anymore. It will be secured.”

He says from now on, meth will stay where it’s found until Hazmat can get rid of it safely.

6 comments

  • Hyacinth Alagos

    Measuring Safety Performance by the number of injuries you have is like measuring parenting by the number of smacks you give. There exists a “fear of freedom” of self hood, which makes people want to submerge themselves in the mass and confession is one of the obvious means by which they can do so, for thereby they lose those traits which cause them to feel separate.Safety First” is “Safety Always. Keep safe and protected let us bring protection with us specially to our kids give them the safety all they need where ever they are we don’t know what will happen next let us be responsible all the time check this out at http://safekidzone.com/#!/page_home.

  • ang

    This falls all on the police department… lack of training!
    question? was he the only officer on the scene? he handled arresting 3 people and all of the evidence by himself? I would think NOT! that town better get it together because crime and drugs are coming fast across the state line!

  • Lisa Moore

    This falls on the unqualified newly appointed “Chief of Police” who was on scene….AND – GAVE THE INSTRUCTION to put the lab in the back of the police vehicle. And, it falls on the lack of training by this Chief and his UN-certified Assistant Chief. How can officers be trained properly by unqualified, untrained, uneducated supervisors? So, yes, the officer could have been insubordinate and suspended from duty, but instead, he did was he was instructed to do by the Walls Police Department Chief of Police and look who got suspended.

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