Fired Employee Returns For Drugs

PUBLISHED: 11:28 PM 6 Feb 2018

Fired Walmart Employee Returns For Property, Police Called Over Drug Stash

He was in tears telling police that the “medication” was his because he paid for it.

Just recently, a 24-year-old former Walmart employee was arrested for returning to the store he used to work at to try and recover a "stash of heroin and Xanax" (pictured above). 

Several days ago, an unidentified 24-year-old man was fired from a Walmart in Washington state for allegedly trying to steal a safe. Shortly after being fired, he returned to the store to try and recover some “medication” out of the same safe that he was caught trying to steal.

The staff, however, checked the safe first and found out that the former employee was actually trying to recover a “stash” of heroin, a drug that claims the lives of nearly two residents every day, and Xanax. Completely shocked, they called the Pierce County Police Department and had him promptly taken into custody.

Following the bizarre arrest, the police went online and provided the public with more details. “At 11:15 a.m. on Sunday, January 28, 2018, our deputies responded to a rather unusual 911 call from loss prevention employees at the Walmart store on Mountain Highway in Spanaway. Let’s just say that it involved someone forgetting (and then remembering) where they hid their drugs,” they began in a Facebook post.

The statement then went on to offer a bit of context.“Several days earlier an employee was fired after he was caught trying to steal a safe from the store. The employee apparently had no idea why he was fired or that Walmart knew that he had tried to steal the safe. The safe had never left the store and was still in the box,” explained the officers.  

“On Sunday morning the fired employee called the Walmart store and said that he was coming in to pick up a safe that he ‘forgot’ at the store. Thinking this was suspicious, loss prevention employees opened the safe that the man had previously attempted to steal from the store..and inside they discovered a yellow container that held a stash of heroin and Xanax,” they continued.

“When the fired employee arrived at the Walmart store to get the safe, customer service asked him what was inside it – he told them there was a yellow container that had his “medication” inside; employees called 911,” they added, noting, “when deputies arrived the man started crying; he told the deputies the safe was his, and the yellow container and narcotics were his. He went on to say that he paid $350 for them and was knowingly coming back to the store to get drugs.”

Following the suspect’s tearful confession, the officers arrested him and charged him with “Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance.” In total, he reportedly had roughly 8 grams of heroin and three Xanax pills.

After placing him in handcuffs, the officers then contacted the suspect’s father, who was nearby filling up his car with gas, to let him know that his son had just been arrested. Upon learning what happened, he reportedly said that he was “glad” that he got caught and then went over and handed the deputies a “baggy of heroin that his son had left in his car when he went into the Walmart.”

The officers then took the baggy and showed it to the suspect. Upon seeing the confiscated drugs, he once again broke down in tears. When asked why he left the drugs in the car, he told the officers that “he did not want to drop that baggy in the store so he left it in the car.”

While sitting in the back of the police car as it drove to the station, he added that he originally bought the little baggy of drugs because he thought he “lost” the yellow container with heroin and pills.

Sadly, the former employee isn’t the only one with an opioid problem in the liberal state. This is because, every day, roughly 2 residents die from an opioid overdose.

Perhaps even more disturbing is the fact that “opioid overdoses made up a staggering 66 percent of all drug overdose deaths last year, killing 42,249 people in 2016, surpassing the annual number of lives lost to breast cancer.”

The biggest reason for the massive spike in deaths is the increased use of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that’s roughly 50 to 100 times more powerful than morphine. In 2015, roughly 9,580 died from fentanyl according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In 2016, that number shot up to 19,413.

Although the situation involving the 24-year-old former Walmart employee is undoubtedly very unusual, for officers, unusual situations are something that they have to deal with on a fairly frequent basis.

For example, a couple of weeks ago, a man in North Carolina was taken into custody by local police for allegedly breaking into and robbing a doughnut shop.

Apparently, it wasn’t too difficult for investigators to identify the suspect because he had won a doughnut-eating contest that was sponsored by police several years prior.

And a few weeks before that, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department placed an unidentified 54-year-old man from Eatonville, Washington in handcuffs and took him to a nearby hospital for a 14-day mental health evaluation after they responded to an unusual call about suspicious activity.

They arrived and found the suspect standing in the middle of a busy intersection “waving around an AK-47” and a loaded Ruger .357 revolver. Concerned, the officers then ordered him to lay on the ground, which he did.

After placing him in handcuffs, the arresting officers asked him what he was doing. Shockingly, he reportedly told them that he was under direct orders from President Donald Trump to “fight the lizard people,” who he claimed had surrounded him in the intersection. Apparently, he was making a scene to try and “attract the news vans” so that they could document his story.

Without a doubt, police officers come across a wide variety of situations while on duty. Thankfully, though, they seem to be trained well enough to handle whatever they come across.