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Luke Smyka

Luke Smyka

O’FALLON, MO (KTVI) – A detective has been arrested for taking prescription medication from an evidence locker and switching it with something else.

Luke Smyka, 35, received hydrocodone and methadone from an evidence specialist for a prosecuting attorney to review. According to the probable cause statement he kept it for his personal use. The evidence specialist noticed that the packages containing prescription pills was tampered with and then notified a supervisor. The supervisor determined that the original medication had been replaced with non-prescription pills.

The detective admitted being addicted to pain medication and stealing the pills during a criminal investigation by the O’Fallon police department. The police department removed detective Smyka from duty at that time. He was placed under arrest on Friday.

Smyka is charged with two counts of felony stealing and two counts of felony possession of a controlled substance. His bond is set at $5,000.

A complete audit of the drug vault is currently being conducted by O’Fallon police.

9 comments

  • derek

    I guess this is why our neighbor never got arrested for stealing pills from our house. He was the detective investigating.

  • Honest man

    Ofallon police are so corrupt. They enter homes without warrants, beat defensless handcuffed people, and plant evidence. Ever since they built a new city jail they’ve become a crime syndicate. It’s absolutely terrifying. The veteran officers blatantly disregard the law while the new officers tuck their tail and follow suit. Disgusting.

    • Seth

      I personally saw them taser a preteen who was drunk. I was in holding for and saw the whole thing. The big tall older black tool that rides a harley and owns a superduty did it. He did it because the kid refused to take his jacket off while waiting for his parents to arrive. Evil is more the word. They enforce this hell on earth. I had them come into my sisters apartment for traffic warrant. They just walked right in at 7 in the morning after my sister left for work. I was just sleeping and than woke up in my own bed to cuffs being put on. Talk about freaking out. There excuse was they knew I was there because “they could see me through the crack in my blinds from the outside and that gives them the right”. Remember this was just for a passed due ticket. Watch yourselves and these private institutions. Also I know that booking camera is better than that.

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