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FBI Arrest Fresno State Deputy Police Chief on Drug Conspiracy Charges

March 27, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
FBI Arrest Fresno State Deputy Police Chief on Drug Conspiracy Charges

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Fresno’s deputy police chief Keith Foster was among four people arrested, as part of a criminal complaint filed by federal agents, on federal drug conspiracy charges Thursday.

Agents from the FBI and the ATF arrested Foster, 51, on charges of conspiracy to distribute oxycodone; marijuana and heroin authorities said in a statement Thursday.

Foster was implicated in the drug ring after a year-long joint investigation by the FBI and ATF, hundreds of hours of surveillance and wiretaps.

The 29-year Fresno Police veteran has been deputy chief since 2007 and was in charge of the patrol operations Fresno’s four districts.

Jerry Dyer, the Fresno State Police Chief released a somber statement regarding Foster’s arrest.

‘This is a very sad day for the Fresno Police Department, the citizens of Fresno, the entire law enforcement profession, and for me personally,” Dyer said.

Foster has been placed on paid administrative leave while the department Internal Investigation’s Unit conduct a probe into the alleged violations.

The bulk of the investigation began in November when Federal investigators picked up Foster and two relatives, also believed to be part of the drug trafficking conspiracy on a wiretap.

According to the criminal complaint, investigators list a Dec. 23, 2014 phone conversation Foster had with Flowers. He is heard saying “I’ve 100 of those things for you,” which is code for oxycodone pills.

Foster is heard in other conversations during the course of the investigation discussing the sale of “China White,” which is code for heroin.

Federal investigators claimed Foster, on two occasions obtained oxycodone pills from prescriptions and had them filled out at a Rite Aid drive-thru. He would then deliver them to the home of Flowers.

The affidavit lists Flowers as a predicate felon with multiple drug convictions over a 25 years span, including a 2010 conviction for possession of schedule II controlled substance in Marion County, Oregon.

Foster is set to appear in court on Monday

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