Officers Lt. David Hansberry and Officer Bryan Watson of the Detroit police department have been arraigned in U.S. District Court and Magistrate Judge Mona Majzoub entered not guilty pleas for them. The officers are accused of robbing drug dealers, stealing money, and drugs that was obtained during police searches.
The indictment comes months after Detroit Police Chief James Craig disbanded the department’s troubled drug unit and officers became the target of a federal investigation.
According to the Detroit Free Press, each of the men are facing charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute narcotics, conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery, possession with intent to distribute five or more kilograms of cocaine, possession of a firearm in the furtherance of a crime of violence, possession of a firearm in the furtherance of a crime of violence and drug trafficking crime and multiple counts of interference with commerce by robbery and extortion.
Kevlin Omar Brown — who the indictment says is an “associate” of Hansberry — is charged with one count of interference with commerce by robbery or extortion.
Hansberry and Watson were arraigned today Brown appeared in court, but his arraignment was continued to Friday because he did not have an attorney. All three men were given $10,000 unsecured bonds.