"So explain to us how your above statement somehow absolves a LEO from " terminal stupidity is what needs to be absolved.
"Captain, are all hands on deck? No? Then call them all up on deck." Going below, into a confined and unknown space with potential threats in it, is terminal stupidity. Sending your man below that way, even worse on the rank that directed it.
Bad police work, bad training, bad policy. What, like Dave's gonna flush the stash into the holding tank before you can get below? ("Dave's not here man!")
Oh wait, let me guess, they had an anonymous tip that a boat was carrying HP laser printer cartridges...The only thing that amazes me, is that the good cops don't get more upset about the bad cops. Who are really pissing in the soup they ALL have to drink. Bad, inept, dumb, incompetent, corrupt, pick a word, any word. Cops like these are a real cops worst enemy.