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Feds indict Seattle Police officer on drug trafficking charges

May 8, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Feds indict Seattle Police officer on drug trafficking charges

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A Seattle Police officer was taken into custody on Saturday in connection with a drug probe. The arrest was carried out during an investigation conducted by Seattle police and the FBI, DEA, and U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Seattle police officials say federal prosecutors indicted Officer Alex Chapackdee Monday with conspiracy to distribute marijuana.

U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes said that the police officer was one of four individuals arrested on charges of drug trafficking.

The cop was indicted with three other co-conspirators including Tuan Van Le, Samath Khanhphongphane, and the officer’s brother-in-law Phi Nguyen, who is identified as the leader of the drug trafficking operation, Fox13 reported.

Officer Alex Chapackdee (above) was part of an SPD special community-policing team

According to the criminal complaint, Nguyen allegedly made $10,000 monthly payments to Chapackdee to watch marijuana grow houses and to provide inside information on police activity.

Moreover, the was also paid $15,000 to transport drug shipments in a motor home to Virginia and Maryland, while also flying to the East Coast to pick up cash payments derived from drug proceeds.

Federal law enforcement officials said Chapackdee’s role in the drug trafficking conspiracy was outed by a cooperating informant.

“Four people are under arrest on drug trafficking charges,” Hayes said. “One is a Seattle Officer. I expect that all four will make their appearances in United States District Court on Monday at which time information will be available about the charges. On behalf of the FBI, DEA, HSI and my office, I want to thank Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole and her staff for their cooperation and assistance.”

The police officer was arrested on Saturday and immediately placed on unpaid administrative leave. He is scheduled to appear for his arraignment on Monday afternoon in Seattle Federal Court.

 

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