Ex-narcotics detectives charged in scheme to steal drug cash

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Posted: Oct 08, 2015 4:04 PM
Ex-narcotics detectives charged in scheme to steal drug cash

CLEVELAND (AP) — Three former narcotics detectives in the Cleveland suburbs face federal conspiracy charges in what authorities say was a scheme to steal thousands of dollars from suspected drug dealers.

The FBI says 42-year-old Torris Moore was arrested Thursday. Thirty-three-year-old Antonio Malone and 38-year-old Eric Jones have been charged by information and will be summoned to appear in court. A charge by information typically indicates a defendant is cooperating.

All three have resigned from the East Cleveland Police Department in the last year.

Charging documents say the three detectives falsified reports, conducted illegal searches and committed other crimes to steal cash from suspected drug dealers. Authorities say the detectives' compromised legitimate cases.

Jones' attorney says his client had a "lapse in judgment" and gave his share of the money to his church. Attorneys for the other defendants couldn't be reached.

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The story has been corrected to show that the former detectives face conspiracy, not corruption, charges.