Former police officer sentenced in drug trafficking case

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Above: John Smith (file)

HAMMOND – A former police officer has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for abusing his police powers to protect drug shipments.

In June, John Smith was found guilty of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine, two counts of attempting to possess with intent to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine, two counts of possessing firearms in furtherance of a federal drug trafficking crime and transferring firearms knowing that they would be used in a drug trafficking crime.

Smith had previously served with three different Indiana police departments: Brooklyn, Knightstown and Stinesville. The conduct that led to his conviction happened after he left those departments, but prosecutors said Smith continued to use his police credentials in the drug transactions.

Terry Carlyle, a former marshal with the Brooklyn Police Department, was a co-conspirator. He cooperated with the government’s investigation and was sentenced in September to 10 years in prison.