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Former St. Louis cop indicted; accused of providing weapon to drug dealer

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – A former St. Louis City police officer was indicted Wednesday on allegations he provided a firearm to known drug dealers to facilitate their distribution of drugs in the city.

A news release from the US Attorney's Office states Don McGhee "knew and associated with individuals who stored and distributed quantities of crack cocaine and marijuana in and from a house located in the 3800 block of Cottage Avenue, in the City of St. Louis."

On March 2, 2014 McGhee allegedly took a Mossberg 12 gauge shotgun to the house and gave it to one of the alleged drug dealers. The news release states McGhee knew, believed, or had reason to believe that the drug dealer would use the shotgun in relation to the drug trafficking.

A search warrant at the house was executed several days later and police recovered the shotgun, fully loaded, along with several other firearms, ammunition, quantities of crack cocaine and marijuana, and a large amount of cash, the news release stated.

In early March, authorities said several St. Louis officers were under investigation by the FBI, DEA, US Attorney's Office, as well as local authorities. Two other officers, Keith Major and Durand Brassfield, were taken off-duty during the investigation.

The indictment states McGhee was a patrolman in the St. Louis' Sixth District. McGhee was wounded after exchanging fire with Dominic Irons and Terrell Beasley on December 19, 2014. McGhee was off-duty when the shooting occurred. Beasley and the McGhee were wounded. Beasley's body was found several days later inside a burning car.

McGhee was charged with one count of conspiracy to possess a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking crime, which is punishable by 20 years in prison and/or a $250,000 fine.

In response to the indictment, Chief Sam Dotson wrote, "today, the United States Attorney's Office announced an indictment against former St. Louis Police Officer Don McGhee. The actions of this individual betrayed the trust of the community and compromised the integrity of the Metropolitan Police Department. Not only did his behavior violate the law, it was inconsistent with the standards we expect our officers to abide by. His actions were in no way representative of the dedicated service of the men and women of this department." It continued by saying "the department will continue to investigate any allegations of misconduct or unlawful behavior and will not allow the actions of this individual to tarnish the reputation of our department."

US Attorney Richard Callahan would not speculate on if other officers or citizens would be indicted, saying “anything is possible. It's just where the investigation takes us.”

Police sources told News 4 at least two other officers are under internal investigation from the St.Louis Police Department for alleged misconduct, officer Durand Brassfield and officer Keith Major. No charges have been filed against either by federal authorities or local authorities.

McGhee's attorney John Bouhasin said his client turned himself in to federal authorizes Thursday morning and pleaded not guilty to the charges. He said they are reviewing evidence before determining if they will proceed to trial.

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