Criminal Justice

Former Police Officer Now A Federal Convict

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November 22, 2013 — A former policeman is reversing roles, becoming a convict after his federal court sentencing today in Hammond.

United States Attorney David Capp announced that 56-year-old former police officer John Smith of Indianapolis was sentenced to 40 years imprisonment for using police credentials and firearms to protect drug shipments.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office prosecuted the case through a trial that in June found Smith guilty of felony offenses of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, two counts of attempting to possess with intent to distribute 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.

Capp’s Office says Smith had served as a police officer with three different Indiana departments:  Brooklyn, Knightstown, and Stinesville.  Court documents says that while the actions for which Smith was convicted occurred after he left those departments, he continued to illegally use his invalid police credentials in drug transactions.

Court records show that Terry Carlyle, a former Marshal with the Brooklyn, Indiana Police Department and police officer with the Indianapolis Police Department, was a co-conspirator with Smith who cooperated with the government, getting a 10-year prison sentence.

Capp says, “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.”

These case involved ten law enforcement offices, including the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives in Merrillville and Chicago, the Indiana State Police, the Gary Police Department, the Hammond Police Department, the East Chicago Police Department and the Lake County Police Department.



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