Lieutenant Parrish Swanson, an officer with the Hillsdale Police Department, received a nearly four-year jail sentence Thursday after pleading guilty to charges of conspiracy to distribute and attempted distribution of heroin.
Swanson's 46-month sentence will be followed by three years of supervised release, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.
It all started in March when Swanson, 41, and another Hillsdale officer -- Raymond Stephens, 29, who is scheduled to be sentenced on October 31 -- agreed to rip off a heroin courier and give the drugs to a suspected dealer in exchange for $900.
Stephens robbed four ounces of heroin from the drug courier while he was on duty, wearing his police uniform and officially issued weapon. Stephens gave Swanson the $200 while Swanson was also on duty.
Swanson apparently didn't stop his law-breaking ways after getting caught in a heroin scheme. He also faces a misdemeanor charge for false impersonation of an officer for flashing a fake badge at a cop who caught him speeding a month after he'd been busted for ripping off drugs.
Each felony charge facing Swanson and Stephens carries a maximum penalty of twenty years in prison and/or fines up to $1 million.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the St. Louis County Police Department investigated the case. Assistant United States Attorneys Hal Goldsmith and John Bodenhausen are handling the case for the U.S. Attorney's Office.
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