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Former Indiana police officer gets 40 years for protecting drug shipments

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A former Indiana police officer has been sentenced to 40 years in federal prison after being found guilty of using police credentials and firearms to protect drug shipments, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Indiana said.

John Smith, 56, was found guilty at trial of two counts of attempting to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine, two counts of possessing firearms in furtherance of a federal drug trafficking crime, and transferring firearms knowing that they would be used in a drug trafficking crime.

Smith had previously served as a police officer with three different Indiana departments, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said: Brooklyn, Knightstown, and Stinesville. “The conduct for which Smith was convicted occurred after he had left those departments. Smith, however, continued to illegally utilize his formerly issued police credentials in these drug transactions.”

Terry Carlyle, a former marshal with the Brooklyn, Ind., Police Department and officer with the Indianapolis Police Department, was a co-conspirator with Smith, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. Carlyle, who cooperated with the government, was sentenced in September to 10 years in prison.

“We will continue to investigate public corruption, including police corruption, and will vigorously prosecute and, upon conviction, seek substantial sentences for officers, current or former, who abuse the public trust,” U.S. Attorney David Capp said.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, the Indiana State Police, the Gary Police Department, the Hammond Police Department, the East Chicago Police Department, and the Lake County Police Department.



Posted 11/25/2013