Ex-detective accused of stealing drugs from evidence

ST. CHARLES COUNTY, Mo. – A former O'Fallon, Mo. police detective has been arrested and charged for stealing drugs from evidence packages for his addiction.

Luke Smyka, 35, faces felony charges of stealing and possession of controlled substance.

According to police documents, Smyka gathered evidence packages using the façade of reviewing evidence for a prosecuting attorney. He then too hydrocodone and methadone out of the evidence packages and turned them back into an evidence specialist.

When an evidence specialist reviewed the package, he noticed the missing medications and reported it to a supervisor, according to the release.

Smyka admitted to stealing the medications and having a pain prescription addiction, according to police records. He took the hydrocodone, but officers obtained the methadone from his possession.

The department removed the detective from duty at the time, but Smyka later resigned. The O'Fallon police department is performing a complete audit of its drug vault and reviewing all of Smyka's previous interaction with drugs in evidence.

He is being held on $5,000 bond.


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