EASTPOINTE (WWJ) – An Eastpointe police sergeant has turned in his badge and a second officer remains under investigation for trying to sell merchandise that was seized during drug raids.
WWJ’s Ron Dewey reports the pair is being investigated for misconduct in office after accusations emerged that they sold off seized items that included a Rolex watch, jewelry, televisions and tire rims. The items were believed to be traded or sold in exchange for cocaine and heroine.
The story came to light after some of the seized items were found listed for sale on Craigslist.
Eastpointe City Manager Steve Duchane told WDIV the officers had “blurred the lines of responsibility” as they worked in an undercover capacity to gain the trust of targeted drug dealers. He said the officers had to build those relationships in order to further their investigations.
Both officers involved worked in the drug enforcement unit and will likely face charges.
Police say evidence in the case was recently handed over to the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office.