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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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91.

golden_standard    

If she would have been black or brown (i.e fitting the description) they wouldn't have thought it was a "wet, crushed up breath mint" Hell, they would have sent all her Altoids to the crime lab to make sure they weren't dried compacted cocaine tablets. This is what happens when police aren't objective, people who don't "look" like "criminals" are given the benefit of the doubt, and oh, what a benefit it is.

1573 days ago
92.

Calument    

Ummm.... Sorry to upset your LAPD bashing, but Santa Monica has it's own police department.

1573 days ago
93.

Russian    

OMG, so basically all that we have been reading about her is crap... There is no real evidence of cocaine.

Cops are so incompetent, it's unbelievable.... First they throw away 'evidence' (even if they had it, in the first place) after examining it. Then, suddenly while looking at the trash, he 'realized' that it was not a breath mint (he somehow was able to recognize in the trash, but not when it was in his hand, WTF?!?) and then he put it back in the evidence bag?!?!

Are they insane? Who the hell runs this shi*hole? I am all for catching criminals who endanger society, but this is ridiculous. You can't just make up the evidence (and cops are known for placing 'evidence' in people's cars and homes just so they could arrest them). Who is supposed to believe them now?

I am sorry, but if they are that incompetent, she has all the right to run this system, because it's crap!

1573 days ago
94.

Wiley    

Do you really believe you can get rid of drug evidence by putting it in a trash can or on the floor. That stuff happens all the time. The quick plea bargain was because LL pled guilty to the 2 charges. The cop had a momentary brain fart but recovered quickly.

1573 days ago
95.

sweet17    

This is NOT the LAPD. It's the Santa Monica Police Department. Two different departments. I once had a Santa Monica police officer show up on my front lawn. He must of stood there for ten minutes, looking up and down the street. I finally went out to him and asked if there was a problem. He asked what my address was, then looked really embarrassed. He was supposed to meet other cops at another address-he had the wrong street! Santa Monica's a small town; not easy to get the wrong street!

1573 days ago
96.

netrek    

No cop is that dumb. HighLo obviously paid off the cop :( A travesty of justice!

1573 days ago
97.

Art    

One day soon, we will all be hearing about Lindsay Lohan's Death by Overdose. Soon, very soon. Will she be Missed? Hell NO!

1573 days ago
98.

smartypants1    

17.

Well how about that. Harv did something the courts couldn't. Tried convicted and executed her on inadmissible evidence. Way to vigilante.

Posted at 7:25 PM on Jun 29, 2010 by Prince Von A-Hole
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She plead guilty to the coke charges & no contest to drunk driving charges.
The 2 coke charges were not dropped. They were admitted in court.
Um, basically it's the same thing.
So how was TMZ wrong?

1573 days ago
99.

smartypants1    

32.

And again...an imaginative story from the fables of TMZ. You assume it is Lindsay's cocaine, yet you have no proof...zero proof. Assuming the story is true (and that is a major assumption) the evidence was deemed CONTAMINATED!! Harvey, of all people should understand that. Nothing in your "Story" said it was cocaine. First the cop thought it was a breath mint. Then he thought it might be cocaine. You formed an opinion favoring the cops second opinion. And you printed it as fact..apparently when it was ruled contaminated. What was the contents of the trash can prior to the dumping of the mysterious card? Were the officers shoes examined? Was there any cocaine residue on the floor? (Remember where this is taking place) Lindsays cocaine? Cannot be proved, therefore she had no cocaine.

Posted at 8:11 PM on Jun 29, 2010 by Uh
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So she was convicted based on "contaminated coke evidence"?
There was coke in her system when she was drug tested.

So if I had coke on me & the cops saw me put it up my nose but I got rid of packaging there would be no crime? They would draw my blood. Then what? BUSTED.

I do have to say that Lindsay is very creative with her drug abuse, but that's about all.

1573 days ago
100.

#TeamLindsay    

Another TMZ fail... the only way this would be amusing is if Lindsay mistook a crushed breath mint for cocaine and snorted it up. Lame TMZ, lame...

1573 days ago
101.

Art    

To 29.
Gotta love cops. 90% of them are incompetent morons. They're probably waiting for her to kill someone, oh wait they'll figure out a way to botch that too.

You really should join the L.A.P.D. Sounds to me that your about 90% qualified yourself. Might as well take your family along too, sounds like they have a chance of making it through the training themselves.

1573 days ago
102.

GA in TX    

Clinique has got to love the negative publicity.

1572 days ago
103.

Dont.Watch.That    

WHY THE **** IS THE WORLD STILL TALKING LINDSAY LOHAN.
SHE IS WASSSSSTE..AND NEEDS HELP (CLEARLY), BUT SHE DOESNT WANT IT.
WHY KEEEP FEEDING THE MEDIA SEEKING CHILD??
I DONT GET IT.
SHE'S GROSS,A WASTE OF SPACE..AND HAS NO FRIENDS.
DUE TO THE FACT SHE TREATS EVERYONE AROUND HER BELOW HER.
ALL SHE REALLY HAS IS THE MONEY SHE KEEPS SCRUNGING FROM MAKING SURE HER PICTURES GET TAKEN BY PAPS..AND THIS LIL STUPID WASTE OF TIME TWEETS SHE DOES.

**** A LILOO...SHE NEEDS TO GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

1572 days ago
104.

smartypants1    

111.

WHY THE **** IS THE WORLD STILL TALKING LINDSAY LOHAN.
SHE IS WASSSSSTE..AND NEEDS HELP (CLEARLY), BUT SHE DOESNT WANT IT.
WHY KEEEP FEEDING THE MEDIA SEEKING CHILD??
I DONT GET IT.
SHE'S GROSS,A WASTE OF SPACE..AND HAS NO FRIENDS.
DUE TO THE FACT SHE TREATS EVERYONE AROUND HER BELOW HER.
ALL SHE REALLY HAS IS THE MONEY SHE KEEPS SCRUNGING FROM MAKING SURE HER PICTURES GET TAKEN BY PAPS..AND THIS LIL STUPID WASTE OF TIME TWEETS SHE DOES.

**** A LILOO...SHE NEEDS TO GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

Posted at 1:15 PM on Jul 1, 2010 by Dont.Watch.That
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Very good point. She is a waste of time, but it's still fun.

1572 days ago
105.

keepthapeace    

What's with all the hate! Wow.... This girl obviously needs help. She needs prayer.....

Too bad her family is screwed up and can't help her out. There has to be somebody in her family or friends that's normal and can help her.

She was a very talented young actress......so sad......

1572 days ago
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