Sheriff’s Resignation: the Real Reason? #VB126
January 8, 201411 Comments
LASD Lt. Patrick Gomez (ret.) Gomez questions where the large amounts of money seized from drug dealers have gone, stating that account balances in the Narcotics Asset Forfeiture Fund show it’s not there. He charges Baca with encouraging unethical and alleged criminal behavior for Baca’s strict policy specifying seized money can’t be counted at time of seizure. Gomez notes that Sheriff Sherman Block instituted a policy of having seizure money counted immediately to establish a chain of command, after 10 deputies were indicted for taking money for personal use. Baca changed that policy in 2009, and Gomez wants to know why. He asks where the money is, who took it, and believes it’s been diverted higher up the food chain, perhaps even to Sheriff Baca.