A police officer who served 19 years in the Long Branch Police Department New Jersey was arrested after being found operating a methamphetamine laboratory at his home, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni announced on Sunday, May 16.
Christopher Walls, 50, faces charges that might cost him up to 20 years behind bars for illegal activities.
Due to a domestic disturbance, police were called to Walls’ residence on May 15 night at West End Avenue, then someone reported to the police who were on scene that Walls’ behavior has been suspicious.
The police found that Walls has been storing “materials, chemicals and instruments consistent with a methamphetamine laboratory in both the basement of the residence and in a shed on the property” that can be used to produce the synthetic drug.
Methamphetamine residue was discovered on the premises in chemistry-related glassware.
Walls admitted that he owned all the ingredients.
Investigator revealed that the veteran officer also possessed “books related to making methamphetamine, explosives, and poison.”
An unsecured gun safe containing “two long guns, four handguns, eight high-capacity magazines, and a large quantity of ammunition” was found close to where the child lives on the site.
Acting Long Branch Police Chief Frank Rizzuto suspended Walls without pay right after the investigation.
“The officers in our agency risk their lives daily to protect and serve our residents. It is disappointing beyond measure that one of our officers could have risked the safety of his family and neighbors by engaging in such dangerous conduct. This officer’s actions do not reflect the moral compass of our officers or this agency,” Rizzuto said.
After Walls was busted, Prosecutor Gramiccioni said: “Thanks to the swift action of our office, the Long Branch Police Department, and the New Jersey State Police, a very serious risk to public safety has been averted. The collaborative efforts of our agencies dismantled a very dangerous situation. It is particularly distressing that this hazard was caused by a sworn law enforcement officer.”
According to the Monmouth county prosecutor, Christopher Walls is charged with first degree maintaining or operating a controlled dangerous substance (CDS) production facility, second-degree possession of a firearm during the course of a CDS offense, second-degree risking widespread injury, second degree endangering the welfare of a child, third-degree manufacturing CDS (methamphetamine), and third-degree possession of CDS (methamphetamine).