The local news media is covering more problems for the Prince George’s County, Maryland government this morning. The FBI has picked up three police officers on drug and extortion charges. The Washington Post identified the three cops as Sgt. Rich Delabrer, Cpl. Chong Kim and Officer Sinisa Simic. The arrests also include the owners of local businesses.
News organizations, including The Washington Post, are reporting a connection to Friday’s arrests of Prince George’s County Executive Jack Johnson and his wife Leslie, but don’t have details on the link (latest from the Post at 12:51 PM). Here’s what’s known so far.
In two indictments unsealed Monday, a federal grand jury indicted three Prince George’s County Police officers, and six others, officials said in a news release. Prince George’s County police confirmed the three officers, two from Beltsville, were were picked up by federal agents Monday.
The two indictments, released Monday morning, include drug trafficking and firearms violations; forfeiture sought for $3.5 million, 25 properties, 13 vehicles and 84 bank accounts.
The charges are conspiracy to commit extortion and conspiracy to distribute cocaine.
There is no mention of County Executive Jack B. Johnson, and the charges may stem from the larger probe of corruption in Prince George’s County.
The charges stem from a scheme involving the transport and distribution of untaxed cigarettes and alcohol.
Earlier WUSA9.com and the Post reported a connection to Friday’s arrests. Here’s what the Post wrote on its blog:
Sources say the arrests are related to Friday’s arrest of Prince George’s County Executive Jack B. Johnson and his wife who each has been charged with witness tampering and destroying evidence.
From the AP:
FBI spokesman Richard Wolf described the arrests as part of an ongoing investigation in the county. He declined to confirm whether the arrests are related to last week’s arrest of Prince George’s County Executive Jack Johnson, who has been charged with witness and evidence tampering in a federal investigation of bribery involving a developer.