Former East St. Louis police officer sentenced for trying to dis -

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

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By Brendan Marks By Brendan Marks

( – 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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