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Food & Justice

The Heroin Burrito Files: Former Sheriff's Deputy Sentenced to Two Years

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Tue, Jun 26, 2012 at 12:28 PM
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In case you were wondering what happened to the man accused of packing 24 grams of black tar heroin into a bean and cheese burrito, news came yesterday that the law had been served -- and not from a steam table. Henry Marin, a 27-year-old sheriff's deputy who once appeared as something of a bumbling Gomer Pyle type on a 2007 Fox reality show called The Academy, pleaded no contest to charges of drug smuggling and criminal conspiracy and received a two-year sentence.

Marin's lawyer insisted that his client had no idea the burrito had heroin inside it -- haven't we all been fooled by burrito fillings before? -- but rather was simply trying to help satisfy his prisoner's craving for a tortilla-wrapped treat. Even more alarming is Marin's admission that he had provided food for the same inmate at least 25 times, according to court records, in what was alleged to be part of a gang-related food smuggling ring aimed at selling narcotics at massive profits inside L.A. county jails. Could there have been cocaine in that box of chow mein, or hashish in a hamburger? We may never know.


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