MODESTO, CALIFORNIA – The Modesto Police Department arrested one of its own officers late Monday after an internal investigation revealed he seized illegal drugs and failed submit the narcotics into evidence, a police spokesman said Tuesday.
Anthony Trock, who has been with the department for four years, was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance, furnishing illegal drugs and embezzlement.
Trock was booked at the Stanislaus County Jail. He has been stripped of his law enforcement responsibilities and placed on administrative leave, said Modesto police Sgt. Rick Armendariz.
“I am deeply disappointed in the conduct of Anthony Trock,” said olice Chief Mike Harden in a news release. “Anytime a police officer violates the public’s trust, it brings disgrace to the organization and the law enforcement profession.”
The department’s Internal Affairs Unit received a citizen complaint about Trock, the release said.
Sgt. Rick Armendariz said the unit’s investigation discovered Trock on several occasions seized illegal drugs from people while on duty. He said Trock did not submit the drugs as evidence to the department.
In one incident, investigators learned Trock gave seized marijuana to an adult, Armendariz said.
“Police officers are not above the law and we will vigorously investigate those who break the law and violate the public’s trust,” Harden said in his statement. “Although Trock’s actions are very disturbing, his conduct does not reflect the overall commitment and values of the Modesto Police Department, or the law enforcement profession as a whole.”