Ex-Detroit drug cops accused of corruption, face potential felony charges
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Wayne County Prosecutors are considering charges against four former Detroit police officers in a corruption investigation that forced eight other drug officers to leave the city police department.
DPD’s internal affairs are leading the ongoing investigation, dubbed “Operation Clean Sweep,” which has found “a pattern and practice of corruption” in the department’s beleaguered drugs division, Chief James Craig said.
“I don’t think there has been a time in the recent history of this department where we conducted a corruption investigation that resulted in the number of breakups we see,” Craig told The Detroit News.
So far, Wayne County prosecutors are investigating charges against four of the police officers, and a case against a fifth officer has been sent back to DPD for further investigation, Wayne County prosecutor’s spokeswoman Kym Worthy told the Metro Times.
The investigation prompted four sergeants, two non-commissioned officers and six officers to withdraw or resign.
“They are still being investigated for the suspected criminal activity, but we were able to show evidence of administrative violations which are flammable crimes and when we came up with the evidence these officials decided to resign or retire,” said Craig .
Another officer was fired after alleging false testimony to investigators, and a sergeant was suspended on Tuesday for allegedly falsifying overtime records.
Some of the drug police officers are charged with repetitively lying on search warrants in order to track and steal money and narcotics. They also allegedly falsified overtime records and gave taxpayers money for work they had never done.
The internal affairs investigation, which began in August 2019, has revealed staggering allegations of widespread corruption, ranging from planting evidence and robbing drug dealers to lying prosecutors to obtain search warrants. It raises serious questions about suspected drug dealer convictions dating back a decade.
In March, prosecutors dismissed charges against two men because police had tampered with evidence.
“There is a chance some other cases will be turned away,” Miller said.
Detroit drug cops have a long history of corruption.
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