Former East St. Louis police officer sentenced for trying to distribute cocaine

Former East St. Louis police officer sentenced for trying to distribute cocaine

Former East St. Louis police officer sentenced for trying to distribute cocaine

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by KMOV.com staff & Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on May 10, 2014 at 5:47 AM

Updated Saturday, May 10 at 9:58 AM

(KMOV.com) – A former East St. Louis police detective has been ordered to spend five years in federal prison on cocaine-related charges.

Forty-two-year-old Orlando Ward pleaded guilty in November to conspiracy to distribute cocaine and to possessing the drug with plans to deal it.

According to court documents, between April 5 and May 7, Ward and six other men conspired to possess and distribute more than 5 kg of cocaine.

During his sentencing hearing Friday in East St. Louis, Ward told the judge he was remorseful.

A federal prosecutor has described Ward in court as a corrupt police officer who, for bribes, was willing to provide information, police protection and resources to the drug conspiracy.

Ward, a 12-year-veteran with the police department, was made detective in 2007 and resigned in May of last year.

Ward also has been ordered to do 250 hours a year of community service for each of the three years he will be on supervised release.

 

Ward is currently involved in a lawsuit which alleges he struck a robbery and rape suspect several times out of the view of police recording devices until the suspect confessed to the crimes.

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