Charges filed, special prosecutor requested in drug case involving former IMPD officer

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From left to right: Nikolas Layton, Christopher Reed, Veronica Purdy

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Jan. 15, 2016)– Formal charges were filed Friday against a former IMPD officer and two other suspects in a case involving drug dealing.

Nikolas Layton, former IMPD officer and son of Marion County Sheriff John Layton, faces the following charges:

  • Dealing in cocaine (Level 5 Felony)
  • Possession of cocaine (Level 6 Felony)
  • Conspiracy to commit dealing in cocaine (Level 4 Felony)
  • Conspiracy to commit dealing in a narcotic drug (Level 4 Felony)

Also charged in the case are Veronica Purdy and Christopher Reed. Purdy faces charges of dealing in cocaine (Level 5 Felony), possession of cocaine (Level 6 Felony), conspiracy to commit dealing in cocaine (Level 4 Felony), dealing in a narcotic drug (Level 4 Felony), possession of a narcotic drug (Level 6 Felony) and conspiracy to commit dealing in a narcotic drug (Level 4 Felony).

Reed was charged with conspiracy to commit dealing in cocaine (Level 4 Felony), two counts of dealing in cocaine (Level 5 Felonies) and three counts of possession of cocaine (Level 6 Felonies).

Due to Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry’s professional and personal relationship with Sheriff Layton, a special prosecutor has been requested to oversee the cases.

The special prosecutor will be appointed by the court.