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Monday, August 31, 2009

Former Police Deputy Marshal Arrested on Drug Charges

Former Harvey police deputy marshal arrested
Chicago Tribune - August 28, 2009

A former Harvey police deputy marshal was arrested Friday on drug charges as part of an FBI investigation into law-enforcement corruption that also snagged a reserve police officer who allegedly ran drugs for and sold weapons to a Chicago narcotics dealer. Leroy Grant, 38, was arrested after he and the reserve officer transported fake cocaine last November for a drug dealer who was cooperating with federal agents, according to the complaint. An Illinois Police Reserve official said the reserve officer, who is not named in the complaint but who in 2007 helped manage traffic for Orland Park police, has also been arrested. Harvey spokeswoman Sandra Alvarado said the town abolished its paid deputy marshal program about three years ago and Grant has not been involved "in any way, shape, or form" with the town since. Commander Joe Kulys of the Illinois Police Reserve, which he said places reserve officers with suburban towns to help them with crowd control and traffic duties, said he learned of the other man's arrest Friday and that the entity's internal affairs unit had opened an investigation. The two men were paid $1,000 apiece to pick up the sham cocaine from undercover FBI agents at a Home Depot parking lot near 87th Street and the Dan Ryan expressway, according to the complaint. "Money's what ... we here for!" Grant told the drug dealer, according to the complaint. "And if it's easy, it's easy!" Grant is scheduled to appear in federal court Tuesday for a detention hearing, said a U.S. attorney spokesman. --Steve Schmadeke

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