Chicago Cop Guilty in Cocaine Theft; Rolls-Royce Was Tip-Off


When more than 20 kilograms of seized cocaine was discovered missing in 2001 from the Chicago Police Department’s evidence warehouse, suspicion fell on a retired officer who had worked there and was driving a Rolls-Royce purchased for $177,000. The officer, John L. Smith, claimed his sudden wealth came from good luck at playing slot machines.

A federal jury disagreed on Wednesday, convicting Smith on narcotics, tax and other charges in connection with the theft of of cocaine from the badly mismanaged evidence warehouse before his retirement in 1999, reports the Chicago Tribune. The jury deliberated for about four hours before convicting Smith of narcotics conspiracy, money laundering and three counts each of tax evasion and filing false tax returns. Smith, 55, faces a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 10 years and up to life imprisonment.


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