EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill.—An East St. Louis police detective has been ordered to remain in jail pending his federal trial on charges that he plotted to distribute cocaine while on the police force.
The Belleville News-Democrat reports U.S. District Judge Clifford Proud ordered Orlando Ward’s detention at the urging of U.S. prosecutors, who argued that the 41-year-old Ward was a public danger and a flight risk.
Ward has pleaded not guilty to charges that he conspired to distribute at least five kilograms of cocaine. In court Wednesday, a prosecutor described Ward as a corrupt cop who for $5,000 a month was willing to provide information, police protection and resources to the drug conspiracy.
Six others are charged.
Ward’s trial is tentatively scheduled for July 8.