Courtney Pickering thought she’d caught a lucky break when police returned her 2014 Dodge Dart, which had been stolen last week from the alleyway behind her Calgary, Canada, home.
However, police returned her car with a bag of cocaine in the cup holder, a knife in the door, and a crack pipe where her son’s car seat normally sits. There was also a pellet gun in the car, in addition to four stolen ID’s, United Press International reported.
"And I went to the impound guy, 'Is this normal? Like, what do I do with this?' He was like 'Just throw it on the ground, throw it on the ground!'" Pickering told CTV News.
Pickering left her car so police could remove the items, but after it was taken to an auto shop, she found the pellet gun and filed a complaint with the Professional Standards Section of the Calgary Police.
The Calgary Police Service said the case was unusual, but that officers don’t always search inside stolen vehicles.
"To say I am disgusted with the apparent 'policies' that the police abide by is an understatement to say the least," Pickering said.
Pickering was worried about what could have happened. “If (my son had) found the cocaine, there was enough there to have killed him,” Calgary Sun.
“To say I am disgusted with the apparent ‘policies’ that the police abide by is an understatement to say the least.”