BY ROY ALBERT ANDRADE, K1LLER, Inc.
DETROIT, MICHIGAN - A federal grand jury returned an indictment on Thursday charging, Christopher Staton, 51, a Detroit Police Officer, of Detroit, with one count of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and one count of making a false statement to a special agent of the FBI. According to the indictment, starting in 2012, and rolling to 2017, Officer Staton conspired with ten other people involved in a drug trafficking criminal organization to distribute cocaine, fentanyl, and heroin in Detroit’s 139 square miles. Officer Staton provided the criminal organization with sensitive law enforcement information, such as, co-conspirator’s arrest and about vehicles’ registrations.
"Detroit Police officers are outstanding public servants, and the corrupt actions of just this one defendant should not undermine the public’s overall trust in law enforcement," said United States Attorney Matthew Schneider. "Given the magnitude of the opioid crisis, the allegations are especially troubling that this defendant was actively helping drug dealers evade police detection and distribute large quantities of poisonous drugs."
"The Detroit Police Department is a long standing partner in our efforts to protect the community from drug traffickers and its related violence," said DEA Special Agent in Charge Plancon. "The indictment of this single officer in no way diminishes the hard work provided by so many Detroit Police Officers on a daily basis. This indicted officer willingly contributed to the destruction that drug trafficking brings to our neighborhoods. Make no mistake, when any officer crosses the line and becomes a drug trafficker or co-conspirator, the DEA and our law enforcement partners will be relentless in bringing them to justice."
"When an officer of the law violates the community’s trust and breaks his or her oath to protect and serve, the FBI will ensure they answer for their crimes," said Special Agent in Charge Timothy R. Slater, Detroit Division of the FBI. "Today’s indictment reflects an individual officer’s betrayal of his oath and his fellow officers. It should not take away from the outstanding work conducted every day by the men and women of the Detroit Police Department."
"We are disappointed in the actions of Officer Christopher Staton, as they have left a stain on our department," said Chief of Police James Craig. "However, the actions of this officer does not reflect the values of our department and the men and women who serve honorably in keeping our communities safe. Our focus has been and will continue to be building trust and combating the existence of illegal activity within our communities."
Staton faces up to life imprisonment and a fine of $10,000,000 for the drug conspiracy count, and up to 5 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 for the false statement count.
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