Assistant Chief George Trosky said the drugs were found in the console of the car after police picked it up early last month from a garage that cleans and details city police cars. Police aren't identifying the garage because it services undercover vehicles, but Trosky said police believe an employee put the drugs in Cmdr. Cheryl Doubt's car as a joke.
"We're trying to find out who could have had access to the car," Trosky said. "They had no idea in the car lot that it was a commander's car. They just knew it was a Pittsburgh police narcotics car."
Doubt has been recently reassigned to run the city's warrant office, but that's only because the commander there has been hurt in a car accident and a lieutenant who has replaced her temporarily is on vacation. Doubt wouldn't comment on the marijuana prank, but Trosky said her temporary reassignment has nothing to do with it.
The marijuana was a small amount, "not enough for one joint," Trosky said.
Nobody has been charged in the incident. But Trosky said police are certain the drugs got in the car while it was being cleaned and detailed because a detective in charge of maintaining the vehicles said it wasn't there when he dropped off the car in early October, but it was when the car was picked up the next day.
"Someone at the garage put narcotics in the car. I don't know if they thought it was a joke," Trosky said. "It's terrible."
The police may change how they contract to have their cars cleaned and Trosky said he plans to have the contents of each car inventoried before and after it is cleaned.
"It was out of our care for at least 24 hours," Trosky said of the car. "We don't know who all had access to those keys, who all had access to that car. That's going to be corrected."
"It'll never happen again," Trosky said.