A former Indiana police officer has been sentenced to 40 years in federal
prison after being found guilty of using police credentials and firearms to
protect drug shipments, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District
of Indiana said.
John Smith, 56, was found guilty at trial of two counts of attempting to
possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine, two
counts of possessing firearms in furtherance of a federal drug trafficking
crime, and transferring firearms knowing that they would be used in a drug
Smith had previously served as a police officer with three different Indiana
departments, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said: Brooklyn, Knightstown, and
Stinesville. “The conduct for which Smith was convicted occurred after he
had left those departments. Smith, however, continued to illegally utilize
his formerly issued police credentials in these drug transactions.”
Terry Carlyle, a former marshal with the Brooklyn, Ind., Police Department
and officer with the Indianapolis Police Department, was a co-conspirator
with Smith, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. Carlyle, who cooperated with
the government, was sentenced in September to 10 years in prison.
“We will continue to investigate public corruption, including police
corruption, and will vigorously prosecute and, upon conviction, seek
substantial sentences for officers, current or former, who abuse the public
trust,” U.S. Attorney David Capp said.
The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and
Explosives, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, the Indiana
State Police, the Gary Police Department, the Hammond Police Department, the
East Chicago Police Department, and the Lake County Police Department.