DPD officer accused of taking $15K in cash bribes from drug trafficker

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Posted at 2:20 PM, Aug 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-22 17:44:50-04

(WXYZ) — Detroit police officer Michael Mosley, 47, of Detroit, was indicted by a federal grand jury on two counts of bribery.

Mosley is accused of taking $15,000 in cash bribes from a drug trafficker, according to U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider.

Mosley is a 19-year veteran of the Detroit Police Department. In April, he was a member of the department's Major Violators Unit. During a search of a drug trafficker's residence, officers including Mosley discovered two kilograms of heroin, one kilogram of cocaine and six firearms. The trafficker then confessed to owning the three kilograms of drugs to Mosley, and signed a confession. Officials say Mosley remained in contact with the trafficker to secure their cooperation concerning other criminal activity.

The indictment alleges that, at a certain point, the drug trafficker offered Mosley a cash bribe of $15,000 in exchange for not pursuing criminal charges based on the three kilogram drug seizure. Mosley reportedly agreed to the deal.

On May 2, Mosley allegedly collection $10,000 in cash, which was left in the backyard of an abandoned house in Detroit. On May 23, Mosley allegedly accepted another $5,000 left at the house. In exchange, Mosley reportedly gave the trafficker the original copy of the signed confession.

Each of the two bribery charges carry a maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000.