Police Officer Indicted for Taking K-9 Narcotics
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A former Texas K-9 officer was indicted on a tampering with physical evidence charge in late April for taking drugs used in training sessions with his dog, Ranger.
Danny Macchio, 49, and Ranger had arrested dozens of drug suspects while participating in many K-9/drug competitions, officials told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
In addition to evidence tampering, the senior officer, a 17-year veteran of the Grapevine Police Department was also charged, but not indicted, with abuse of official capacity and misuse of government property. Tampering with physical evidence is a third degree felony.
On Oct. 7, Macchio reported to Fort Worth police that a case of training narcotics—which included heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, and ecstasy—and a personal firearm were stolen from his patrol vehicle at his home in Fort Worth.
However, Grapevine police suspected Macchio of mishandling the training narcotics and the theft report, and launched an internal investigation on Oct. 17, the Star-Telegram reports. Three days later, he was required to submit a urinalysis. The next day, a family member reported him missing.
Macchio was found in the city of Dumas by Grapevine police and brought home to Fort Worth. He admitted to taking the K-9 training narcotics and ingesting some of them. Macchio surrendered the missing case of drugs and the firearm that he reported stolen.
He was placed on leave on Oct. 24, 2014, but later resigned.