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Police Employee Gets Drug Charge

October 9, 2002

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DETROIT (AP) _ A civilian employee of the city police department was charged with stealing seized narcotics and selling them on the street, according to an indictment unsealed Wednesday.

John Earl Cole Sr., 50, was charged with conspiring to embezzle 222 pounds of cocaine. If convicted, he faces up to life in prison.

It was Cole’s job to transport evidence to the property room at police headquarters. Also charged were retired Detroit officer Donald C. Hynes and current State Police officer Ernest D. Myatt Sr.

The three together laundered more than $1 million generated through the sale of the cocaine stolen from a property room at Detroit police headquarters, U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Collins said. He called the alleged conduct ``a slap in the face″ to other police officers.

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