*Originally posted at BenSwan.com by Annabelle Bamforth and received via the Cop Block submission page*

Albany NY Police DepartmentDate of Incident: June 18th, 2014
Individuals Involved: Detectives Scott Gavigan and Anthony Scalise and Sgt. Richard Gorleski
Outfit: Albany (NY) Police Department
Phone: (518) 462-8017
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Albany, NY– An Albany man who was arrested last summer for allegedly selling crack cocaine to a police informant in 2013 has accused detectives of stealing thousands of dollars in cash from his apartment in a warrantless search.

Joshua Horne, 37, was arrested on a sealed indictment on June 18th, 2014 near an apartment building where he was living. Before Horne was transported to booking, detectives seized his wallet and keys. According to the Albany Times Union, surveillance footage showed detectives using Horne’s keys to try several doors on the block trying to find a building that would be unlocked by the keys. Once the door matching Horne’s key was found, a separate surveillance video showed a detective using one of Horne’s keys to open his mailbox. After the detectives checked Horne’s mail, they entered his apartment and were reportedly inside for about 20 minutes. The police did not have a warrant to search Horne’s apartment.

A piece of one of the surveillance videos released by the Times Union shows three investigators entering Horne’s apartment and exiting with a shoebox. Horne claimed that the shoebox contained $3,300 in cash.

Detectives Scott Gavigan and Anthony Scalise and Sgt. Richard Gorleski denied there was any cash and reported that the box contained crack cocaine and marijuana. According to the Times Union, police records revealed that the detectives had violated department policy in seizing the drugs and failing to photograph and properly document the evidence. A police report showed drugs being listed, but not the shoebox itself, and the report did not include a location where the drugs were collected. Police never charged Horne with possession of the drugs.

“There are procedural issues because they didn’t seize this as evidence and they chose to do the computerized property report with missing information,” Albany Police Chief Steven Krokoff said. “They’ve all received refresher training on what the (criminal procedure law) dictates in terms of search warrants, and leaving receipts at the location of searches. It’s also time for us to refresh everybody on the current policies and procedures.”

“The police had no right whatsoever to go into that apartment. When they went into that apartment, therefore, they committed a crime,” said Cheryl Coleman, Horne’s attorney.

Gavigan testified in a separate case two weeks ago that Horne was not charged with drug possession because of the “lack of the warrant.” Gavigan also testified that he and the other detectives entered Horne’s residence out of concern that there may have been an injured person inside, and that Horne was “sweating profusely” when his apartment door was unlocked. None of the video footage shows Horne anywhere near the apartment during the search; Coleman said that Horne was being transported to booking while the search was taking place and that Gavigan’s testimony is false.

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  1. Ah, it nice to see cop block defending a drug dealer, keep up the good work sport.

    1. And exactly where was it in the article that the dope dealer was being defended?

      1. First paragraph second sentence, it states that he “allegedly” sold crack.

        1. It also says the cops allegedly burglarized him. Is that “defending” the police? I love how if the story is reported in a neutral manner that doesn’t take a slant that fits your personal prejudices it automatically must have some sort of agenda written “between the lines”.

        2. The cops and courts, reporters, basically everybody says “allegedly” until somebody has been convicted. Of course, with you having a negative IQ and all, I’m not surprised you didn’t know that.

    2. nice to see you’re too stupid to realize he wasn’t convicted.

    1. Nobody clicks your links. How many times do I have to tell you, nobody else is in to your sick ass shit.

      1. “Sick ass shit” that’s funny, your like a 6th grader trying to act cool by swearing, your just mashing curse words together.

        1. don’t worry you’ll be in the 6th grade soon.

        2. Act cool? Nah. And you’re the one with the negative IQ. Which science didn’t think was possible, but there you are.

      2. Really? Prove people don’t click on my links. You are still the typical Rain man.

        1. Boy, you like that word don’t you. “PROVE”. another word I’m sure you have no idea what the definition is.

        2. I tell you what, I’ll “PROVE” that nobody clicks your links when YOU “PROVE” you don’t have sex with chimpanzees like you said you wanted to. Think you can do that?

        3. Nobody clicks your links because everybody here knows you’re into bestiality videos. You posted one. That’s some sick ass fucking shit slaps. And I’d rather be rain man than a bestiality aficionado. Or a lying little punk ass bitch with delusions. Like you are. Punk ass little bitch.

          1. What ever helps you sleep at night Rain man

    2. hopefully one of these real criminals breaks out in slices your throat one day.

  2. You are sad to focus on what the thief cop has to say. Them accusing the man of dealing drugs is their way of covering up their theft. If he realy did sell to an informant, there would be some evidence ,other than a police said so. That would not have been dismissed. Yet, he was never charged with distribution. Don’t be so gullible in believing everything the police say, especialy when their own department admits to their wrong doing.

  3. These fucking pigs should be stripped and tied hands up in public square. They should be whipped until their skin is peeling off their back. They should be cained until every blood vessel is broken in their legs. A message needs to be sent to all police across the United States. The message must be brutal and direct. And that message should elicit fear in all that wear a badge.

    1. public square, nice touch

      1. Lol, stocks and rotten tomatoes. :)

  4. I thought that filing a false police report was indeed a crime, I also thought that an illegal search was against the law but all the chief does if give a refresher course I know of a few people that would love to get a refresher course instead of the court system when they commit a crime. That department needs to be investigated and the cops charged with the crime committed just as anyone else would have been.

    1. Unless he wants claim it is his illegal narcotics, then he should go ahead and file. Lol


  6. Being a police officer is not a respectable job anymore, they are ruthless bastards

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