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Las Vegas Metro Police Detective Lawrence Rinetti arrested on multiple charges

UPDATE: Read about the case against Rinetti and the charges by clicking on this court document.

LAS VEGAS — Lawrence Joseph Rinetti Jr., 46, a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department detective was arrested on Friday and charged with selling, transporting, giving, or the attempt thereof of a Schedule I or II controlled substance,  misconduct of a public officer and destroying/concealing evidence  according to court records obtained by the Baltimore Post-Examiner. 

Rinetti, a U.S. Marine and 13-year veteran of the department, is assigned as a Task Force Officer with the United States Marshals Service according to his LinkedIn account.

Lawrence Rinetti (LVMPD photo)

Court records indicate that Rinetti posted bail on Saturday to secure his release and has a scheduled court date of November 18, 2019.

The Baltimore Post-Examiner received information that Rinetti for the past five years is also a Fight Inspector with the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC). That information has been verified with the NSAC’s website.

The Nevada Revised States defines misconduct of a public officer as one who: “Asks or receives, directly or indirectly, any compensation, gratuity or reward, or promise thereof, for omitting or deferring the performance of any official duty or for any official service which has not been actually rendered, except in case of charges for prospective costs or fees demandable in advance in a case allowed by law; or who employs or uses any person, money or property under the public officer’s official control or direction, or in the public officer’s official custody, for the private benefit or gain of the public officer or another.”

At the time of this story, it could not be determined if the charges stem from Rinetti’s official capacity with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department or with the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

Rinetti’s status with NSAC as a result of his arrest is unknown at this time.

The Baltimore Post-Examiner has received information that the drug involved with Rinetti’s arrest is Oxycodone and or Oxycontin.

UPDATE: Rinetti who is also on the Board of Directors for the Las Vegas Police Protective Association, the union that represents the rank and file members of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has been relieved of duty with pay, the LVMPD said Monday.

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  1. Alllnowing says:

    How about commending metro for not only internally investigating one of their own, but actually taking him down. This wasn’t an outside organization or whistle blower. This was metro holding their own accountable.

  2. Citizen True Blue says:

    For him to be suspended with pay is a mockery and a non-jokable example of how easy it is for Officers & Detectives and also D.A.’s who allow misconduct to flourish, by allowing these fake police to get away with breaking laws under color of authority when they took oaths to serve, protect and uphold the law.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Per News 8 now Molly took plea in federal court, but case closed on others. Go figure!

  4. Anonymous says:

    So metro arrests this guy today on allegations that date back to June in an attempt to overshadow the mally mall plea which validates so much of what ocean Fleming, the judge and many others have said about why certain people were protected and certain information was ignored.

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