Justice Served: Former Police Chief Sentenced for Drug Crimes

In a stunning turn of events, former Hartford Police Chief Tressa Beltran has been sentenced to prison for her involvement in drug dealing activities while serving as police chief.

The sentencing took place before the Honorable Judge Kathleen M. Brickley in the 36th Circuit Court in Van Buren County. Beltran received a sentence of 40 months to 20 years for one count of Using a Computer to Commit a Crime.

Additionally, she was handed a concurrent sentence of 330 days to 20 years for one count of Delivery of Less Than 50 Grams of a Controlled Substance.

According to the source, following the sentencing, Beltran was immediately taken into custody to begin serving her sentence. She had pled guilty to each count in April.

In addition to her prison sentence, Beltran was permanently stripped of her Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) license, which bars her from ever working as a police officer in the state again.

Under oath, she admitted to possessing controlled substances with the intent to deliver them and using a computer to facilitate these illegal activities during her tenure as the chief law enforcement officer in Hartford.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel emphasized the significance of the sentencing. “Today’s sentence delivered a clear message that no one is above the law,” Nessel stated. She also praised the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office for their diligent investigative efforts.

“I commend the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office for their work that led to the removal of Ms. Beltran from her position as police chief, ensuring she could no longer jeopardize public health.

My office will continue to pursue public integrity and hold accountable those who abuse their positions of power,” Nessel added.

Van Buren County Sheriff Daniel E. Abbott echoed these sentiments, expressing gratitude for the hard work put into the case.

“I would like to thank everyone for their hard work on this case,” said Abbott. He commended the professionalism of the Narcotic Unit and their unwavering commitment to justice.

“As I’ve said before, someone’s position in our community won’t alter how we do our job at our office. Everyone is treated the same way,” Abbott asserted.

He also recognized Captain Jim Charon for overseeing the operation from start to finish and ensuring the police department’s professional handling of the case during the execution of the search warrant.

Abbott also acknowledged the thorough involvement of the Attorney General’s Office in the investigation, appreciating their detailed work.

The investigation into Beltran’s criminal activities was extensive and thorough. Detectives from the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office launched a comprehensive investigation after receiving numerous tips about her actions.

The investigation, conducted in collaboration with the Attorney General’s Public Integrity Unit, uncovered substantial evidence that Beltran had used her position as Chief of Police to facilitate her criminal activities.

The sentencing of Tressa Beltran marks a significant moment in the pursuit of justice and accountability within law enforcement.

The collaborative efforts of the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office and the Attorney General’s Office highlight the importance of integrity and diligence in upholding the law, regardless of the perpetrator’s position or status.

This case serves as a stark reminder that no one is above the law, and those who misuse their power will be held accountable.

The removal of Beltran from her position ensures the safety and trust of the community are preserved.

As the judicial process continues to address such breaches of public trust, it reinforces the commitment to justice and integrity within law enforcement.

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