(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.