June 24, 2014

Former Detroit Police Officer Sentenced to Prison for Leaking Information to a Drug Trafficker

A former City of Detroit police officer was sentenced to prison today for leaking sensitive and confidential law enforcement information to a drug trafficker, U.S. Attorney Barbara L. McQuade announced today.

McQuade was joined in the announcement by FBI Special Agent in Charge Paul Abbate and DEA Special Agent in Charge James Allen.

During a hearing before U.S. District Judge John Corbett O’Meara, Lamar Coody, 35, of Detroit, Michigan, was sentenced to twelve months in prison and one year of supervised release on his plea of guilty to misprision of a felony. During an FBI and DEA investigation, Coody was captured over a court-authorized wiretap leaking confidential information to a Detroit-based multi-kilogram cocaine-trafficker. Coody leaked the information while he was a sworn City of Detroit police officer. Included among the information leaked by Coody to the cocaine dealer was the fact that a Detroit police narcotics squad was investigating the dealer, and that the police had an informant deep within the dealer’s organization. In addition, Coody fixed six traffic tickets for the drug dealer, helped identify police surveillance vehicles, and provided advice to the dealer about how to explain away cash proceeds from drug sales. In return, Coody borrowed the drug trafficker’s Corvette, Range Rover, and Cadillac Escalade, borrowed money, and was wined and dined by the dealer. Coody was not directly involved in transporting or dealing drugs or drug proceeds.

Deshon Catchings, the drug trafficker who received the leaked information from Coody, was previously sentenced by Judge O’Meara to 151 months in prison for his cocaine trafficking. Six other defendants who participated in Catchings’ drug trafficking organization also have pleaded guilty and been sentenced to prison.

“By leaking information to a drug dealer under investigation, this officer jeopardized the investigation and the safety of the investigators,” McQuade said. “Officers who breach their duty to serve the public will be held accountable.”

The case was investigated by agents of the FBI and the DEA. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys David A. Gardey, Steven Cares, and B. Michael Ortwein.