Cop's pot-bust tale changes
Another person claims drug left in officer's truck
January 29, 2005
BY BEN SCHMITT
FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER
Busted on a marijuana possession charge, a Detroit cop came up with a
quick excuse when Allen Park police pulled him over earlier this month.
This week, his lawyer presented another story.
Paul Carmona of the 6th (Plymouth) Precinct, who has been an officer for
five years, was arraigned Friday on a misdemeanor possession of
marijuana charge in Allen Park's 24th District Court, stemming from the
Jan. 12 arrest.
Police stopped Carmona, 26, in his white 1986 Chevrolet pickup truck at
1:06 a.m. for driving 47 m.p.h. in a 35 m.p.h. zone on Outer Drive, near
During a search of the vehicle, officers said they found a brown paper
bag on the backseat with a little more than an ounce of marijuana.
Carmona identified himself as a police officer, though he had no police
identification or driver's license, and told officers the marijuana had
been seized as evidence. He consented to the search of the truck, Allen
Park Police Lt. Mark Koller said.
"He said the marijuana was something he took off a suspect," Koller said
Now, Carmona's story has changed.
Carmona's attorney, S. Allen Early, said Friday that another person has
come forward and claimed the marijuana. That person has provided Early
with a sworn affidavit, stating that he had borrowed the pickup truck
and accidentally left the pot behind.
Detroit Police Chief Ella Bully-Cummings suspended Carmona without pay
His suspension will be reviewed by the Board of Police Commissioners.
"Our contention is that he's not guilty of this offense," Early said.
"He did not commit it. We will be presenting evidence to the full Police
Commission regarding this matter."
Carmona is scheduled to appear in court Thursday for a preliminary
hearing. He is free on a $300 bond.
Carmona was previously suspended for firing shots from his police gun
while riding in a van at I-96 and Schaefer on April 19, 2003.
Another officer in the van was found with a semiautomatic gun that had
been reported stolen in 1999 from Sterling Heights.
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