Meatball Defense Deemed Bologna

Written by Jill Colvin on . Posted in Crime Watch Our Town Downtown, Posts.

An NYPD counterterrorism detective has been fired for a failed
drug test that he blamed on—get this—his wife’s meatballs. Anthony Chiofalo, a
22-year police veteran, was suspended without pay in 2005 after failing a
random drug test. Chiofalo insisted throughout the investigation that he had
never voluntarily used drugs and told supervisors that his wife had served him
marijuana-tainted meatballs without his knowledge
. And while the recent slew of
“I didn’t do it” and “It’s not mine” defenses from celebs has made us skeptical
of such claims, Chiofalo’s wife admitted to investigators that she had secretly
swapped oregano with marijuana in her meatball recipe in hopes of getting her
husband to leave the police force. Now, we probably would have gone with
cookies or brownies, but you have to admit, that’s a pretty good ploy. Chiofalo’s
brother and two of his partners died on 9/11, and his wife said that she feared
for her husband’s life

An administrative judge in the department had previously recommended
that Chiofalo be reinstated after his wife passed a lie detector test defending
the story. Unfortunately for the detective, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, who
has the final say, decided the meatball claims “simply weren’t credible” and
fired him anyways. Chiofalo still has the option of suing the NYPD in civil
court to try to get his job back. Regardless, we bet he’s cooking his own meals
these days.

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