Former St. Louis cop sentenced to 2 years for giving gun to drug -

Former St. Louis cop sentenced to 2 years for giving gun to drug dealers

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. ( -

Former St. Louis Metropolitan Police Officer Don McGhee was sentenced on Tuesday to 24 months in prison for providing known drug dealers with a firearm.

According to court documents, McGhee knew and associate with individuals who stored and distributed crack cocaine and marijuana in and from a home in the 2800 block of Cottage in St. Louis. On March 2, 2014, McGhee provided them with a 12-gauge pistol grip shotgun with knowledge that the weapon would be used in relation to drug trafficking.

Days later, law enforcement executed a search warrant at the home on Cottage and recovered the loaded shotgun, along with other firearms, ammunition, cocaine and marijuana, and a large amount of cash, according to a press release.

In April 2015, McGhee pleaded guilty to a felony count of conspiracy to possess a firearms in relation to a drug trafficking crime. 

“He’s sorry for the embarrassment he has caused the police department and the trust of the public that he’s violated,” said McGhee’s attorney John Bouhasan in April.

The case proved the dedication of the St. Louis police department to investigate wrongdoing within the department, said United States Attorney Richard Callahan.

McGhee, who joined the SLMPD in 2011, was one of the officers being investigated for alleged misconduct in an investigation made public in March. 

“We hold our officers to a high standard and expect them to abide by the very same laws they are sworn to uphold,” said Chief Sam Dotson in March.

In addition to the St. Louis City Police Department, the case was investigated by the FBI, DEA and the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office.

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