Former police officers accused of stealing cannabis chocolate

Former police officers accused of stealing cannabis chocolate

Credit: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office

David Bryant, Eric Whittington


by Mike Gertzman

Posted on July 8, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 11 at 12:16 PM

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PHOENIX -- Two former Goodyear police officers are accused of stealing cannabis chocolate from a shipping company in Phoenix, according to Sgt. Steve Martos with the Phoenix Police Dept.

Court documents state that David Carpenter Bryant, 44, and Eric Scott Whittington, 45 were working as security guards for a delivery company called OnTrac.

They were at the company's facility near 44th and Elwood streets on Thursday when a 50 pound package marked as cannabis chocolate arrived.

Employees were not expecting the shipment and put the package in a room with the intention of calling police to confiscate it.

"Prior to them being able to call police they noticed that two of their security officers...had walked into this room with two backpacks and it appears that they had left that room with something in their backpacks," said Sgt. Martos.

The employees noticed that now there was less than 50 pounds of cannabis chocolate in the package. That is when they called police.

Police then served search warrants at Bryant's home in Goodyear and Whittington's home in Litchfield Park.

"We did in fact locate about twenty pounds of this cannabis based chocolate in one of the employees' homes in Goodyear along with ammunition and handguns." Sgt. Martos said.

Police also found cell phones which had text messages between Bryant and Whittington that showed they wanted to sell the cannabis chocolate.

They are facing charges of theft and possession of narcotic drugs for sale.

Sgt. Martos said the 20 pounds of stolen cannabis chocolate is worth about $3,000.

The shipment came from California.

"Here in Arizona cannabis is still illegal. Cannabis based edibles, things of that nature are illegal. Even under the medical marijuana act this item would not be legal," explained Sgt. Martos.

Sgt. Martos did not know how long Bryant and Whittington were police officers or why they were no longer with the Goodyear Police Department.