Pot planted in Pittsburgh police vehicle, cops claim
The discovery of marijuana in the center console of the narcotics commander's vehicle prompted Pittsburgh police to change how they drop off vehicles for service, an official said Thursday.
Assistant Chief George Trosky said Cmdr. Cheryl Doubt is not under investigation for the discovery. A detective dropped off her vehicle for detailing at a garage on Oct. 4, and when he picked it up the next day, he found a corner piece of a baggie with a small amount of marijuana in the center console, Trosky said.
Doubt did not return a phone message seeking comment, and she was not in her office Thursday afternoon when a reporter visited.
“Someone at the garage put narcotics in the car,” Trosky said. “I don't know if they thought it was a joke. It's terrible.”
Trosky would not identify the garage because he said police bring undercover vehicles there for work. He said he doesn't know of any previous problems involving the garage.
“Hopefully, it's just one employee who's angry with police,” Trosky said.
The city recently moved Doubt to Pittsburgh Municipal Court to oversee support services. Trosky said the move is not related to the incident and was made because the commander there is recovering from a car crash and the acting commander is going on vacation.
Mayor Luke Ravenstahl's office did not return a call for comment.
Police interviewed employees at the garage, but no one admitted to placing the marijuana in Doubt's vehicle, and investigators couldn't determine how many people had access to the car, Trosky said. He said no charges were filed.
He said he plans to require an inventory of every car before it is dropped off and again before it leaves the garage.
Doubt, a 33-year veteran, earns about $87,000 a year. She oversees the 59 officers in the narcotics, vice and firearms tracking units. She moved to the division in 2007 after overseeing the Zone 2 station in the Hill District.
Margaret Harding is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-380-8519 or email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Hundreds protest Indiana religious freedom law, say it’s discriminatory against gays
- Hit sends Penguins’ Letang to hospital
- Downie’s goal, fight spark Penguins to win over Coyotes
- Pirates notebook: Polanco’s power outburst a matter of timing
- Pitt notebook: Defense shows up in scrimmage
- Penguins notebook: Johnston stays with team despite mother’s death
- Franklin Regional’s Lee named Tribune-Review Wrestler of the Year
- Frye: Big fish come from all over
- Game Commission to seek license fee increase in 2016-17
- Rogue Catholics in Society of St. Pius X to reopen West End church
- Priest rose above illness to love, inspire