Officer Jeffery Allan Johnston, a 22-year veteran of the Littleton, Colorado police department, was busted last week for possession of ecstasy with intent to distribute.
FBI agents arrested Johnston, 46, in his home almost immediately after he purchased ten grams of ecstasy (“in the form of 37 pills and 6.3 grams of powder”) from an undercover informant who was previously a known drug trafficker.
Johnston reportedly paid $1,300 for the ten grams, which appears to be an excessive amount per gram at the wholesale level (assuming the distribution charge is correct and that Johnston was purchasing to resell).
As soon as Johnston handed the money over to the informant, an FBI SWAT team stormed his residence, arresting him and seizing the ecstasy along with cocaine, steroids, hundreds of prescription pills, a Colt .45 pistol, and other guns. Johnston is currently incarcerated without bond.
Prior to the arrest the FBI recorded a phone conversation between Johnson and the informant during which Johnson referred to ecstasy as “CDs” and set up a meeting to make the purchase. The recorded conversation hints at previous drug use and distribution by Johnson.
After expressing shock and dismay over his officer's arrest, Littleton Police Commander Trent Cooper stated: “It's important for us to let the community know that Officer Johnston isn't representative of the Littleton Police Department or police anywhere.”
Johnston has been placed on unpaid administrative leave. The major charges against him – drug trafficking and maintaining “drug-involved” premises – each carry maximum penalties of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine.
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