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Cop Mistook Lindsay's Cocaine for Breath Mint

6/30/2010 10:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Now we know why Lindsay Lohan's 2007 DUI case may have plea bargained so quickly -- the cop who took custody of the cocaine mistook it for a breath mint and threw it in the trash.

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Pretty incredible, but according to the Santa Monica Police report -- obtained by TMZ -- the officer "discovered a folded Clinique sun care card with an unknown substance caked on to the surface of the card in Lohan's right rear pocket."

The report goes on:  "Some of the white substance fell to the floor.  I used my foot to see what had fell but thought nothing of it.  I did not recognize the substance attached to the card and initially thought the substance was a wet crushed breath mint."

And now it gets good:  "I put the card into the jail trash can next to the booking windows.  I was looking at the floor and began to recognize the substance as resembling powder cocaine.   I then recovered the card from the trash."

The cop says the coke was in the trash for about 2 minutes.  He put the card in an evidence envelope, then scooped up the coke that had fallen to the floor and placed it in a separate evidence envelope.

In short -- EVIDENCE CONTAMINATION!!!

Lindsay ended up with a sweet deal and spent 84 minutes in jail ... for a drunken, cocaine-fueled chase on Pacific Coast Highway.  Nice deal if you can get it.



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61.

Uh    

My comment was not about Lindsays innocence or guilt, but the credibility of the TMZ story. I believe she was guilty. I think the prosecution dropped the ball, and the cop was lying. Be that as it may, Lindsay is innocent until proven guilty...just like everyone else. Bitch to the judge. But the TMZ article had a bogus title, a bogus picture, and bogus logic. In otherwords, it was bogus. With the logic used (based on a false premise) even Harvey could have had the charges dropped...well, maybe not.

1486 days ago
62.

itsMeAgain    

so i may have missed something here but did they actually test this powder and confirmed that it was coke? i mean it just says this guy took these into evidence but not say anything about confirming, etc..chances are it was but...just wondering!

1486 days ago
63.

pj blogger    

Scary that the Santa Monica police can't differ between an altoid and cocaine.

1486 days ago
64.

dave    

you guys have the best laws you can get away with it all here in illinoin what would not happen it just goes to prove its all about who you are there

1486 days ago
65.

rene    

THEN WHY WERE YOUR FRIENDS SAYING YOU NEED HELP? WHY WERE THEY SAYING YOU NEED AN INTERVENTION? EITHER ADMIT IT LINSY ,OR BE QUITE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1486 days ago
66.

snodgrass    

What a waste of a person.
GET IT TOGETHER LOHANS!

1486 days ago
67.

Karla    

Send this tragic has been to jail or rehab already, I'm so over hearing about her and her sad family and life! She is clearly a waste of space!!!!!!!!

1486 days ago
68.

Criss    

I'm on team LiLo! (smiley face icon)

1486 days ago
69.

azh01e    

@#8...

GHOSTBUSTERS!!

1486 days ago
70.

lorraine    

"I always carry crushed breath mint in envelopes, officer!" "Ok, you can go now"....YEAH RIGHT!

1486 days ago
71.

DTMRM    

What a coincidence. This cop better get a negative performance report. I bet she gave the cop a blowy and he "lost" it in the process, and by lost, I mean snorted the coke off Lindsey's ass.

1486 days ago
72.

Kourtni    

How does one get a cocaine confused with a breath mint to begin with anyway? Only in L.A. when a celeb is involved I would assume?

1486 days ago
73.

robert    

well todd that is why you need A GUN you would die before a cop shows up i would rather trust myself

1486 days ago
74.

Marcus    

Why is she still alive and why do we care?

1486 days ago
75.

cindy    

what kind of cop doesn't know the difference between cocaine and a crushed mint. they are supposed to be trained . Sounds like they paid hm off.

1486 days ago
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