Heroin was the secret ingredient in a bean and cheese burrito that was smuggled into a Los Angeles courthouse jail allegedly by a sheriff's deputy. Ths suspected deputy at one time starred on the Fox reality show "The Academy," and was kicked off for poor performance.
Charged with bringing drugs into a jail and conspiracy to commit a crime, 27-year-old deputy Henry Marin surrendered to fellow deputies at the South Los Angeles station on Wednesday. Marin pleaded not guilty to charges related to the contraband nosh and was relieved of duty. He was released from custody on Wednesday on $25,000 bail.
"We take this very seriously," said L.A. County Sheriff's Department spokesman Steve Whitmore, reports the L.A. Times. "This kind of behavior is absolutely inexcusable for anybody, especially a law enforcement representative. Of Marin's performance on "The Academy," Whitmore said, "He certainly wasn't one of our best."
On the show Marin was caught sleeping during orientation, criticized during drills for putting himself and his partners in potentially life-threatening situations, failed to call for help during a role-playing exercise involving a suicidal woman and a gun, and was unable to recall the radio code for an emergency.
Marin claimed to have no friends in his academy class, stating in a 2007 episode, "I'm better just keeping to myself." He was dismissed from the academy, and a sergeant told him as he was let go from the show, "You seem to have no knowledge or understanding of the laws that guide you."
A department spokesman said Marin was allowed to re-enroll in a later academy.