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Drug crime charges for California officers accused of corruption

Three California police officers are facing serious allegations in connection with federal indictments that accuse them of stealing drugs that were seized during criminal investigations. Those three officers are also accused of making off with money, electronics and gift cards that had been seized by their San Francisco department. Authorities say that at least one of the officers reportedly sought the services of two informants, whom he solicited to perform drug sales after he obtained marijuana during a 2009 arrest.

The officers are accused of stealing a $500 gift card, which was used to purchase several Apple products including an iPhone. Later, one of the defendants allegedly attempted to coerce two informants into engaging in drug distribution. The officer allegedly asked the informants to sell marijuana he obtained during the arrest. He proposed that the group split the profits.

In all, six officers have been indicted in connection with the alleged corruption. The three aforementioned officers are accused of making off with valuables that were obtained during an arrest in 2009. The remaining three officers are accused of civil rights violations that could land them in prison for a decade each. Those men were accused of illegally searching hotel rooms and purposely intimidating residents at a facility in the Tenderloin neighborhood.

Attorneys in the case say that five of the officers have entered 'not guilty' pleas in the case, while the other awaits assistance from a lawyer. The men are all expected to pursue trials instead of negotiating plea bargains. Although plea bargains can be useful tools in some drug charges cases, California attorneys know that they are not always appropriate. Criminal defendants who are facing such drug offenses may benefit from the assistance of a California attorney, who may explain the benefits of various types of pleas.

Source: San Jose Mercury News, "Indicted San Francisco cops plead not guilty" Paul Elias, Feb. 27, 2014

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