Drug enforcement unit officers under investigation in Eastpointe

One Eastpointe Police officer has resigned and another faces an internal department hearing in the wake of allegations that drugs used in investigations were handled improperly and that forfeiture items were sold on Craigslist.

Both officers were in the department’s drug enforcement unit and “veterans in the teens of years of service,” according to Eastpointe City Manager Steve Duchane. One officer resigned last week, and the other officer is suspended with pay, pending his department hearing this week.

The case has been turned over to the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office, where a decision on any potential criminal charges is not expected until next week at the earliest.

Duchane said it’s not clear if the use of the drugs, which apparently included cocaine and heroin derivates, was actually a criminal enterprise or if the drugs were only handled improperly. He said drugs used in street buys appear to have been used from one buy to another without being properly logged and counted.

Forfeiture items, including chrome wheels and televisions, were also alleged to have been sold on Craigslist, and there were allegations drugs may have been used in trades.

“There’s a whole potpourri of things here,” Duchane said.

Duchane said the case has been complicated because some of the people making the allegations are not the most credible people and have confessed to crimes in the process of telling their stories.

The case has cast a shadow over the department of 31 patrol and a dozen command officers.

“It’s unfortunate,” Duchane said. “There’s a lot of disheartened people.”

via Freep


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