O’Fallon detective charged with taking drugs from the evidence locker
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.