News – “How a McDonald’s receipt crippled an elite drug-fighting team”

kare11.com – Narcotics Detective Kyle Willett made the 10-minute drive to a McDonald’s drive-thru for sweet tea and cheeseburgers before returning to work — and doing something no one expected.

Alone in his white Chevrolet Tahoe — outside the UPS global shipping hub where he worked with an elite task force to intercept drug shipments — Willett tore the packing tape off a box, pried open a metal safe and stole piles of cash totaling about $40,000. 

But the Louisville Metro Police veteran, well trained in exposing criminals’ missteps, made an elementary mistake of his own.

He used his credit card for the $4.76 McDonald’s meal and then forgot to remove the receipt from the fast-food bag he crumpled and stuffed inside the box before sending the package on its path to Oakland, California. 

Willett didn’t know that a West Coast drug interdiction task force anxiously awaited its delivery. A judge had already signed a search warrant to allow investigators to open the package, as it was expected to contain valuable evidence.

The box should have helped investigators snag a drug trafficker. Instead, it netted a cop. It also exposed questionable practices by two other detectives and for 19 months sidelined a task force charged with interrupting a major drug pipeline during the nation’s worst drug crisis — blamed for more than 400 deaths in Louisville last year.

“We were missing a lot of drugs with this task force not up and running,” said Russell Coleman, U.S. attorney for the Western District of Kentucky.


He used his credit card for the $4.76 McDonald’s meal and then forgot to remove the receipt from the fast-food bag he crumpled and stuffed inside the box before sending the package on its path to Oakland, California. 

Bruhhhhhhhhh!!! Could you imagine THIS being the reason behind your downfall as a dirty cop?! I’m going to need a documentary on this shit, and buddy only had to do half a year and got house arrest smfh.

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