Former Phoenix detective arrested for allegedly stealing drugs

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- A former detective with the Phoenix Police Department’s Document Crimes Unit has been arrested in Pittsburgh for allegedly trying to steal confiscated drugs.

William McCartney, 37, was apprehended on June 22 on 40 felony counts, including tampering with evidence, theft, and possession of narcotics.

In January of 2011, the Phoenix Police Department’s Professional Standards Bureau conducted a quarterly audit of drug items ready for destruction in their Property Room.

During the audit it was discovered that over-the-counter medications had been substituted for narcotic drugs. In one instance, 23 tablets of Oxycodone had been swapped out for over-the-counter medication.

Authorities eventually noticed that there was a pattern with the missing drugs, and they were able to narrow their investigation.

On March 7, 2011, McCartney was arrested for his alleged role in the missing drugs. He resigned shortly after he was arrested, and released pending an investigation.

On June 19, 2012, the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office obtained a 40-count felony indictment charging McCartney for his role in the crime.

McCartney remains in Pennsylvania, and is currently waiting to be extradited back to Arizona.

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