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Two Flint Police Officers Indicted On Drug Charges

February 1, 1986

FLINT, Mich. (AP) _ Two Flint police officers have been indicted by a federal grand jury, one on drug charges and the other on perjury charges, prosecutors say.

Barbara Burnett, 27, a nine-year veteran of the department, was charged Friday with possession of marijuana and cocaine and distributing cocaine, the U.S. attorney’s office in Flint announced.

Chari Bortner, 32, a 14-year police veteran, was charged with three counts of perjury for allegedly lying to the grand jury last November.

One of the counts charged that Bortner falsely denied being in a patrol car with Burnett while Burnett smoked marijuana.

The grand jury, which was set up to investigate corruption in Genesee County, has indicted one other Flint police officer on perjury charges.

The police department had taken no disciplinary action against the officers by Friday, according to Chief William Lyght’s office.

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