A more than 20-year veteran of the San Jose Police Department has been charged with possessing large amounts of marijuana after it was found in a storage locker that the longtime cop somehow forgot to pay the monthly fees on.
The incident came to light last June, when the owner of the storage facility cut the lock on a delinquent renter’s storage space and stumbled upon a large amount of marijuana. Investigators said around 12 pounds of pot and a series of grow lights were confiscated from the storage facility. Investigators also found $5,700 in the officer's personal car and seized a thumb drive which contained a file containing information on police calls related to marijuana grow houses.
"It is deeply disappointing that an officer sworn to uphold the law would so brazenly break it," Patrick Vanier, a supervising deputy district attorney, said in a statement. "This office and the San Jose Police Department stand together against illegal drug dealing in our community, no matter who the dealer is."
The veteran officer in question, Son H. Vu, 44, who has been on paid administrative leave since his arrest last year, was recently arraigned on two felony counts: possession with intent to sell and maintaining an illegal stash location. He is still being held in lieu of a $100,000 bail. If convicted, Vu faces up to three years and eight months in prison.
After his arrest, Police Chief Larry Esquivel said, "We will not tolerate such conduct, especially criminal conduct, and we will hold those responsible for their actions."