Inside the sheriff's department drug burrito smuggling scandal
Drug smuggling is a problem in the L.A. County jail system. But few cases are as colorful as one involving a drug-stuffed burrito. Times reporter Robert Faturechi described the case this way:
The young woman sat by herself in a hallway of the bustling courthouse, nervously clasping a brown paper bag. Inside was a warm bean and cheese burrito stuffed with 24 grams of black tar heroin.
Henry Marin, a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy, peeked out from a courtroom and waved her over.
Lunchtime was approaching — lawyers in suits clutched their briefcases and witnesses waited to testify.
As the handoff was made, no one appeared to be paying attention — until a voice commanded: "Deputy Marin, you need to stop."
What Marin didn't realize was that the hallway bystanders were undercover sheriff's investigators. And the woman was a cog in an elaborate sting targeting him and another deputy suspected of smuggling drugs into the county's lockups for inmates in a notorious prison gang.
In the video above, Faturechi discusses the story.