Government charges 4 Highland Park police officers

Four Detroit-area police officers were charged with accepting bribes and conspiring to distribute cocaine, authorities said Friday.
AP Wire
Jan 26, 2013

 

The Highland Park officers accused in the federal complaint are Anthony Bynum, 29; Price Montgomery, 38; Shawn Williams, 33; and Craig Clayton, 55. Bynum and Montgomery are officers with the Highland Park police. Authorities said Bynum also is a reserve officer with the Detroit Public Schools, and Williams and Clayton both are auxiliary officers in the Detroit enclave.

The complaint charges the men with accepting cash bribes and conspiring to deliver 6 kilograms of cocaine. Each man faces up to 40 years in prison on the cocaine charge, up to 10 years on the bribery charges and additional time for other counts.

U.S. attorney's office spokeswoman Gina Balaya said the men have requested court-appointed attorneys.

Authorities said the investigation started this past August, when Bynum and Montgomery arrested a man on a firearms offense and beat him. They accepted an offer of $10,000 from the man, who became an undercover informant for FBI, in exchange for failing to appear at the man's trial in Wayne County Circuit Court, officials said.

The men are also accused of transporting and delivering what they believed to be 2 kilograms of cocaine that was actually fake for the FBI source they believed to be a drug trafficker. Authorities said they later recruited Williams and Clayton to help deliver a larger shipment of what they believed to be cocaine.

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