Three police officers from the Schaumburg Police Department outside of Chicago are facing numerous charges including those for selling drugs that were confiscated in the line of duty. Federal agents arrested the men last week in a joint effort with county officials following an investigation by both parties.
The officers were assigned to the department’s narcotics unit and one of them had been with the department for 23 years.
An informant’s tip launched the investigation. In it, concealed cameras revealed the officers breaking into evidence storage and stealing drugs and money among other things. Officials say the officers were then reselling the drugs.
Twenty warrants were served in the arrest of the men. All three face multiple counts related to the investigation including official misconduct, theft, burglary, armed violence, and several drug charges. Their bonds were set at $750,000.
“It is very disappointing to learn that three Schaumburg police officers are alleged to have broken the very laws they were sworn to uphold,” said Village Manager Ken Fritz. “But, it is important that our community understands our commitment to hold officers that break the law fully accountable. That’s why the Schaumburg Police Department fully supports efforts to prosecute these officers to the fullest extent under the law.”
One of the officers essentially admitted to the crimes, saying he didn’t do it for the money, but instead for the “thrill of it”. Interestingly, that same officer was married with four homeschooled children, but chose to stash the stolen drugs and evidence at his girlfriend’s house, who was also charged.
These officers were making profits off of the drugs and money they confiscated while on duty. It isn’t a stretch to say that they had an incentive in finding and taking all the money and drugs they could while working, so that they could make the most of their loot later once taken out of the evidence room.
Many people who are charged with drug offenses feel like they have been caught up in something bigger than them. While rogue officers like this are likely pretty uncommon, it often feels like the police who arrest you see themselves as bigger than life. After all, they do have the lawful power to search you and take you into custody.
When this happens, and you are facing criminal charges, you need someone on your side looking out for your best interests. If you are arrested for drug possession or any other criminal charge in Illinois, give our attorneys a call for a consultation on your case.