A San Luis Obispo police officer has been arrested. Immediately following a tip received by the Sheriff’s Office regarding possible criminal activity by a San Luis Obispo Police Officer assigned to the Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit, San Luis Obispo Police Chief Steve Gesell and Sheriff Ian Parkinson requested the assistance of the Federal Bureau of Investigation to conduct an independent investigation of the allegations.
As a result of the FBI’s investigation, SLOPD Officer Cory Pierce, who is 39, was arrested earlier today at the local FBI office.
Officer Pierce is alleged to have provided fake prescription pills in exchange for money to a confidential informant. Ultimately the scheme included a plan for the informant to sell the fake pills to a third party who would, in turn, sell them to unwitting customers.
These pills are made to resemble prescription medication and are intended for use in drug enforcement operations. The investigation centers on the individual actions of Officer Pierce and has not yielded any evidence any other officers are involved.