Drug Trafficking and Extortion: Former Watertown Police Officer Charged

June 1, 2011
By Parker Scheer LLP on June 1, 2011 4:08 PM |

Federal authorities charged 18 people, including a Watertown police officer, in connection with a widespread drug extortion and money laundering scheme. The U.S. Attorney's Office announced that they executed searches in Watertown and Waltham that resulted in the seizure of more than $3.3 million, seven kilograms of gold bars worth $364,000, 80 pounds of marijuana, four weapons, and seven vehicles.

The international conspiracy apparently involved numerous people, and spread over many states including New York, Nevada, California, Florida, and also Canada. The Federal Authorities also reported the international drug trafficking operation was aided by a former Watertown police officer who was allegedly in possession of and distributing drugs.

The Watertown police department has stated that the drug trafficking occurred after he was fired from the department for unrelated reasons. The Watertown officer was fired on Nov. 29, 2010 on charges that he improperly served a restraining order and then lied about it.

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