Yet another drug dealing cop.....
Veteran Reynoldsburg cop faces drug charges
BY SEAN ROWE THURSD
REYNOLDSBURG — Reynoldsburg Police Officer Tye L. Downard was arrested for possession with the intent to distribute and distribution of controlled substances. He appeared in federal court Thursday morning.
According to an affidavit, while Downard worked as a detective at the Reynoldsburg Police Department, the Columbus office of the FBI got word that Downard was using his job to engage in drug trafficking.
The FBI says they've corroborated evidence through recorded conversations, recorded telephone calls, physical surveillance and seizure of narcotics provided to a source in their investigation.
According to the FBI, the informant knew 43-year-old Downard for more than two years and dealt drugs for him for several months. Downard reportedly met the person in 2013 while executing a search warrant at a residence. Downard allegedly coerced the source into working as an informant for him in order to work off additional charges that Downard said he could bring against the informant.
It is alleged that, on 21 occasions between October 2015 and February 2016, Downard delivered drugs to an individual to sell. The complaint further alleges that Downard seized blue-and-white Percocet pills during a search warrant and provided blue-and-white Percocet pills to the individual to sell two days later. Likewise, Downard was involved in the execution of a search warrant that yielded several green glass canning-style jars containing harvested marijuana buds. The next day, Downard allegedly provided the individual with four green glass canning-style jars containing harvested marijuana buds.
Possession with intent to distribute controlled substances is a crime punishable by up to 20 years in prison