There was a time when Luke Davis walked tall in Monroe County.
When it came to fighting the scourge of illegal drugs, he was the man, a Lieutenant with the Michigan State Police, in charge of a drug unit known as OMNI. Davis had a sterling reputation and his crew took a lot of drugs off the street.
Then came the surprising fall from grace. A few months ago Davis was charged with 24 felonies including racketeering, accused of turning the drug task force into a criminal enterprise. Prosecutors accused Davis of stealing property seized during drug raids, property that should have been sold off and put back into the police budget to fight crime.
No one was closer to Luke Davis when the alleged crimes were happening than his soon to be ex-wife, Melanie. The former exotic dancer and aspiring model met Davis under some very unusual circumstances back in 2000. Davis says she was swept off her feet by the handsome cop. They had a relationship, got married and later had a child.
Now Davis is telling the Action News Investigators in lurid detail the inside story of this cop accused of crossing over to the other side. She talks about the alleged thefts she says she witnessed and a private life that she calls a living nightmare. She shares the story of how she became a hard core drug addict while living with a man who was a hero for fighting drugs. She describes what it was that gave her the courage to get off the drugs and go to the police.
Davis, now a witness for the prosecution also reveals new information about where she took Luke Davis while police were raiding his house and why they might have missed something important.
Luke Davis, through his attorney, declined comment. He is awaiting a preliminary hearing in the case and presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Come back to Channel 7 Action News Thursday at 11 p.m. for this compelling story.
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