Cops Charged With Stealing Heroin, Selling to Drug Dealer

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Two Hillsdale Police officers face drug charges on suspicion of robbing heroin while on duty before selling the drugs to a dealer and splitting the profit.

The U.S. Attorney's Office charged Lieutenant Parrish Swanson, 40, of St. Louis, and Officer Raymond Stephens, 28, of St. Charles, with felony counts of conspiracy to distribute and attempted distribution of heroin, according to a release.

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Earlier this month, Swanson and Stephens agreed to help a suspected drug dealer steal heroin within Hillsdale. The suspected dealer would pay the officers for their help, according to the indictment.

While on duty as a Hillsdale police officer, Stephens approached a drug courier on March 20 and robbed him of about four ounces of suspected heroin. He sold the drugs to the dealer for $900 and gave Swanson his cut, $200, according to the attorney's office.

Each officer faces two felony counts, each with maximum penalties of 20 years in prison and/or fines up to $1 million.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the St. Louis County Police investigated the case. Assistant United States Attorneys Hal Goldsmith and John Bodenhausen are handling the case for the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.

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MikeParent
MikeParent

We were warned;

Narcotics police are an enormous, corrupt international bureaucracy ... and now fund a coterie of researchers who provide them with 'scientific support' ... fanatics who distort the legitimate research of others. ... The anti-marijuana campaign is a cancerous tissue of lies, undermining law enforcement, aggravating the drug problem, depriving the sick of needed help, and suckering well-intentioned conservatives and countless frightened parents."

-- William F. Buckley,

Commentary in The National Review, April 29, 1983, p. 495

Kevin Roberts
Kevin Roberts

This paints a negative image for all cops. Same kinda thing happened when I was in the corps. Two Marines raped a poor Japanese girl and got convicted. Everyone on the island hated Marines after that. While few are bad seeds, they do always eventually get weeded out. Faith in myself and my brothers in blue will prevail and we will prove to our respective communities that we are all not the same as these few bad seeds.

Gary Muich
Gary Muich

More crooked employees paid by us! Shit goes on everywhere! Been for years,nothing new!

Bryan Byerly
Bryan Byerly

I bet internal affairs will find "no wrong doing" and slap em with a reduced sentence

John Null
John Null

Glad the drug war has been so successful.

Bob Stclair
Bob Stclair

Ha ha ha ....guess who's going to the head of the line in the butt hole shuffle ! I think there dance card is full ! Someone should put them on sucidal watch ! Because if hells on earth . ....well butter cups .. you just opened it ! Enjoy your fart noises while you can

Fred Peiffer
Fred Peiffer

That's been going on the South Side for years nothing new. Them boys in the Mobile reserve are as dirty. As the whores walking down Pennsylvania & Broadway.

June Bugg
June Bugg

The biggest GANG N the CITY, huh?

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