(1/28/14) La Crosse Police found that 63 packages of drug evidence were tampered with, after a former lieutenant was arrested for stealing drugs from the evidence room.
Brian Thomson struck a plea deal last month that will keep him out of a state prison. That's after he pleaded guilty to his original charge of attempted illegal narcotics' possession. The La Crosse Tribune obtained an audit report of the police evidence room. It found that 63 packages of meth, cocaine, heroin, and prescription pills had envelopes or tape that appeared to be tampered with. Thomson admitted stealing meth that was seized in other drug arrests -- and he tried stealing painkillers as well. Thomson was caught after his colleagues set up a sting operation in the evidence room last August. At least one felony drug case against another man had to be dropped because Thomson tampered with the evidence. He's scheduled to be sentenced February 25th to either a year in the county jail, or electronic monitoring at home. Thomson resigned after his arrest, ending 15 years on the La Crosse police force.