Corruption investigation inside Detroit Police Department centers on narcotics officers

Posted at 6:01 PM, Dec 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-12 18:07:39-05

DETROIT (WXYZ) — Detroit Police Chief James Craig says an internal investigation is underway involving narcotics officers. It started in August after the federal indictment of Officer Michael Mosley who was charged with taking a bribe from a drug dealer.

A special hotline has been set up to report Detroit Police Corrruption. That number is 313-596-3190.

Fifty DPD computers were searched and the evidence gathered so far shows narcotics officers stealing money from drug dealers, planting drugs on suspects, making false affidavits to obtain search warrants and embezzling money for confidential informants.

Twenty bigtime drug dealers were interviewed in the investigation so far, and Chief Craig reveals they had money stolen and were not arrested but turned into confidential informants. That can only be done with a prosecutor’s approval.

“The core focus is greed, money,” Chief Craig said at a news conference Thursday.

The drug dealers said to them, that was the cost of doing business.

This corruption could taint drug cases past and present. One of the investigators is former Assistant U. S. Attorney Craig Graveline who says Detroit police have 700 to 1,000 drug cases a year.

Chief Craig has called in investigators from the FBI, State Police and other agencies for a total of 17 cases.