Lapel video that led to drug, embezzlement charges for officer released


GRANTS, N.M. (KRQE) – New Mexico State Police has released a Grants police officer’s accidental lapel video that led to his arrest.

Sgt. Roshern McKinney is now charged with embezzlement, marijuana distribution and conspiracy as the result of an investigation sparked by evidence he appeared not to know he was capturing.

That lengthy video, captured earlier this year, shows McKinney going about his normal day. You see him texting up a storm while behind the wheel as well as stopping at Blake’s Lotaburger to pick up an order. It also shows him stopping at home and having an intimate moment with his girlfriend, Tanicka Gallegos-Gonzales.

But it was what that camera captured in between that caught New Mexico State Police investigators’ attention. After stopping for that burger, the video shows McKinney stop into his office at Grants Police. The video shows him grabbing a plastic baggie filled with a green leafy substance investigators have identified as marijuana. He rolls it up and appears to stuff it into his pocket before leaving for home.

At home, investigators say McKinney gave the baggie of pot to Gallegos-Gonzales to give to her dad before he could leave.

“You give it to him,” said McKinney. “He’ll freak out if I give it to him.”

McKinney seems to worry about some potentially smelly evidence that might be left behind.

“My f***ing pocket [smells] like it now,” McKinney said. “Damn it!”

After Gallegos-Gonzales comes back in, McKinney seems to worry about him.

“Your dad would never tell some–anybody that I give him weed would he?” McKinney asks her.

“No?” she responds.

That video was checked into the system and was spotted by fellow Grants police officers. It was reported to the chief and ultimately, New Mexico State Police.

According to reports from the case, an ensuing investigation uncovered other evidence from narcotics cases that was supposed to be in an evidence locker in McKinney’s office. It also found that eight ounces of pot and nearly $800 from a case he handled were missing from evidence altogether.

McKinney and Gallegos-Gonzales were both arrested. A Grants Police spokesperson tells KRQE News 13 that McKinney has since been fired from the department.

A call to McKinney’s attorney Joseph Gribble seeking comment on the video and on the case was not returned. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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