Former Kern County Deputies Plead Guilty to Marijuana Trafficking


Former Kern County Deputies plead guilty to stealing and trafficking marijuana.

On Monday, two former Kern County deputies pled guilty to possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute.

According to a press release from the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), Eastern District of California, “Logan August, 30, of Bakersfield, and Derrick Penney, 34, of Star, Idaho,” admitted to being part of the problem – not the solution:

“Between June 2014 and October 2014, while sworn peace officers working with the Kern County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO), August and Penney abused their positions of trust and authority by conspiring with former Bakersfield Police Department detective Patrick Mara and an individual who previously worked as a confidential informant for August, and others, to steal marijuana from a KCSO storage unit and sell it for unlawful personal gain. The marijuana had previously been seized during investigations into marijuana grown on public and private lands. Once August and Penney obtained the marijuana from the storage unit, they had it processed (trimmed) into approximately eight pounds of usable marijuana. August then delivered it to his former confidential informant, who sold it and provided August with part of the proceeds from those sales. August then shared the proceeds with Penney and Mara. August and Penney received approximately $1,200 each from the sale of this marijuana.”

August’s plea agreement indicated this was not an isolated incident. During that same year, the former Kern County deputy lifted an additional 25 pounds of marijuana that was then sold by the same confidential informant.

“Between March 2014 and December 2014, while a sworn peace officer assigned to the KCSO Major Vendor Narcotics Unit, August routinely participated in law enforcement marijuana eradication operations on public and private lands. During this time, August abused his position of trust and authority as a KCSO deputy by conspiring with a former confidential informant to take marijuana plants and processed marijuana from these law enforcement marijuana eradication operations and sell that marijuana for unlawful personal gain. On 10 separate occasions between March 2014 and December 2014, August wrongfully took marijuana from a law enforcement eradication operation for personal gain. August distributed to his former confidential informant the equivalent of 25 pounds of usable marijuana wrongfully taken from these law enforcement eradication operations. August received $15,000 from the sale of this marijuana.”

Snared by a joint operation of the FBI, DEA, the Bakersfield Police Department, and the Kern County Sheriff’s Office, the two disgraced officers now face a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Main photo courtesy of 23 ABC News Bakersfield

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  1. Rob Woodside on

    Why such a pejorative article on these unfortunate public servants. They were just trying to help people by returning government stolen weed to the market place. Sadly the American justice screw up which makes the “law” a laughing stock will continue after California legalizes dope and these poor souls will not get pardoned until Americans wake up and nationally legalize dope.

    • So if the cops had stolen guns and sold them, that would have been okay?

      No sympathy here….for all we know, it was cartel weed and nobody in their right mind supports violent foreign drug cartels growing weed on OUR land. They destroy public property, leave litter, kill wildlife, and use pesticides.

      Time to wake up.

      • Rob Woodside on

        Well Dunk How many people have died from marijuana, stolen or not? Guns kill people marijuana does not! Time for you to wake up and legalize dope to get rid of the cartels who behave as you say.

  2. Scott A Smith on

    You think these officers should be pardoned? Are you fu**ing kidding me. How many people’s lives have these officers ruined by arresting and prosecuting people for growing all the while theyre turning around and selling it for themselves!!!
    Typical police department corruption

    • Rob Woodside on

      Scott, Police corruption is one thing and US dope laws another. Suppose the government came to its senses and federally legalized dope. What would you do with all those in jail or had served their time for breaking laws that no longer exist. Would you insist their felony convictions stand because the law is the law or could you see your way to pardoning them and letting them get a normal life?

  3. Well they were breaking the law and should face the outcome as anyone else would. People need to understand weather its Jay walking or a much more serious laws that laws are in place for a reason. If you think the laws are wrong then work to change them otherwise take responsibility for your actions and don’t make excuses for breaking them or others breaking them!

    • Rob Woodside on

      George, What is the reason that marijuana laws are in place for? To enrich the cartels and feed Law enforcement budgets? The law is the law and so Jim Crow laws should have been obeyed? It took a couple of hundred years and a civil war to get rid of slavery in the US while people diligently worked to change them. I wouldn’t compare dope laws with race laws, although the dope laws started that way, but the destruction of peoples lives by the dope laws is similar.

  4. GordonFreeman on

    This is just another reason Cannabis needs to be fully legal for ANYONE to use, grow, buy and sell. These cops don’t make enough money for what they do. They probably need to use it after work, like most of us. They are arresting people for having it because they have to as part of their job – enforcing the law – and the law against Cannabis is obviously unjust. Legalizing it will solve innumerable problems and keep tens of thousands if not hundreds of thousands solidly employed and out of jail.

    • I concur with Mr. Freeman! Legalization would be balance to the Force….ok maybe just a bit but it still helps others take the edge off after a hard day.

  5. Anyone who commits war crimes against the people deserve the death penalty. When you arrest people for drug crimes and commit and profit from drug crimes you should be killed for committing war crimes against humanity

    • Rob Woodside on

      Well David Allen, MD, I see that you have no problem with your Hippocratic oath and killing people. You’ll do well with Trumpcare. However I do agree with you that US dope laws are War Crimes!

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