Police charged a veteran officer of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department for growing marijuana after her boyfriend ratted her out.
The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office charged IMPD Officer Christina Slack and boyfriend Jamel Owens in the case, reports WISH-TV. They each face two misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana. One of the counts is for growing, and the other is apparently for ”growing on-premise while failing to destroy,” reports the Indy Star.
Indianapolis Police officers went to the 2900 block of S. Pasadena St. on Dec. 27, 2021 for a domestic disturbance, according to court documents. They noticed “the strong odor of raw marijuana and observed fans as well as a black canvas cover that the fans were connected to.”
Owens had attacked her, according to Slack. According to the probable cause affidavit, she had visible swelling and abrasions, reports WTHR.
Ratted Out By Her Boyfriend!
When officers questioned Owens about the alleged attack, he directed them to the back of the house to search for marijuana.
A search of the residence revealed 18 marijuana plants. Officers also found what they claim are psychedelic mushrooms.
The weed weighed 1,285.2 grams, according to court documents. But weighing growing plants is worse than useless. It is actively misleading, because most of the weight is water, and is lost when the Cannabis is dried.
Tale Of The Texts
Cellphone evidence led cops to suspect Slack grew the plants and smoked weed. Police say text messages and videos reveal the couple discussing the grow operation.
In one video from October 2021, Owens “says he is going to let everyone know that she is a ‘dirty cop,’” according to court documents.
Police turned the investigation over to detectives from the Special Investigation Unit because Slack, 46, was an off-duty officer. The department then presented the case to prosecutors.
“Learning that one of IMPD’s officers was charged is never something I want to hear,” said IMPD Chief Randal Taylor. ”These charges are certainly a disappointment for me and the entire department.”
“At the same time, I appreciate for the work of detectives within the department who investigated this incident to the fullest,” Taylor added.
Recommendation For Termination
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said it has suspended Slack. The suspension comes with a recommendation for termination to the Civilian Police Merit Board.
Slack and Owens have an initial hearing on April 26, according to court records.
Police arrested Owens and charged him with domestic battery. But online court records indicate the court dismissed those charges on March 3.