07/20/2007

Detroit narcotics officer accused of stealing over 13 lbs of cocaine

By Ben Schmitt
Detroit Free Press

DETROIT Detroit Police Chief Ella Bully-Cummings today announced that a narcotics officer has been suspended for allegedly stealing six kilograms, about 13.2 pounds, of uncut cocaine from the department's property room.

The chief said the officer had the authority to sign out cocaine from the room and is suspected of replacing it with another substance and keeping the drug. She said the uncut cocaine has a street value of about $2.4 million.

The officer, whom she wouldn't identify because he hasn't been charged with a crime, was suspended Wednesday night with pay pending a criminal and dept investigation. His pay status will be reviewed before the Board of Police Commissioners.

"I, along with the hardworking members of this police department, have absolutely no tolerance for anyone who chooses to tarnish the image of the Detroit Police Department and defy the oath taken by police officers," Bully-Cummings said.

Bully-Cummings said he is a veteran narcotics officer who had access to drug evidence in criminal cases.

She said the FBI is assisting in the criminal investigation and internal affairs is involved in the departmental investigation.

Contact Ben Schmitt at bcschmitt@freepress.com

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