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IMPD Officers Accused Of Drug Trafficking

Last updated on Wednesday, June 18, 2008

(INDIANAPOLIS) - Three Indianapolis Metro Police officers were arrested for a marijuana trafficking operation.

U.S. Attorney Tim Morrison says 33-year-old James Davis, 37-year-old Jason Edwards, and 34-year-old Robert Long are indicted on conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 50 kilograms of marijuana. The officers involved had been trafficking in marijuana for at least a year.

Among the charges from the four-month investigation, federal prosecutors say the three diverted marijuana and cash for their own use at times using fictitious search warrants to seize private property. They are also accused of breaking into homes. Officers Long and Davis also seized $20,000 in a traffic stop but never turned the money into the department.

Long and Edwards were narcotics officers while Davis was a patrol officer. A fourth man, 31 year-old Kabec Higgins was also arrested. He runs a music store called "Ear Candy Muzik" and allegedly distributed the marijuana for the other three. All four had an initial hearing before a magistrate judge Tuesday afternoon.

The FBI is confident the drug trafficking conspiracy was confined to only three officers.

IMPD Chief Michael Spears says he wants to reinstate polygraph tests within the police department. Routine polygraph tests were discontinued when the police and sheriff's departments were consolidated in 2007.

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