DENVER - A former Glendale police officer and an associate were indicted on cocaine trafficking charges Thursday.
Scott T. Black, 39, of Firestone, Colo, and Oscar S. Garcia, 35, of Aurora, were indicted by a federal grand jury on charges related to drug trafficking, making false statements and unauthorized access of law enforcement databases, according to a news release by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the FBI and the DEA Denver Division.
Investigators said Garcia was arrested early Thursday morning without incident. Black, a Glendale police officer at the time of the alleged crimes, turned himself in to FBI Special Agents at the Lakewood Police Department mid-day Thursday.
According to the indictment, Black is accused of assisting Garcia with cocaine trafficking by using his official law enforcement position to request Glendale police dispatchers to “run” license plates through the Colorado Crime Information Center and the National Crime Information Center.
7NEWS contacted the United States Attorney's Office, District of Colorado, for more information about the use of police dispatchers as claimed in the indictment, but investigators would only say the license plate searches were done in order to facilitate the defendants’ alleged drug trafficking.
Black is also accused in two separate instances of lying to an FBI agent. The trafficking conspiracy alleged in the indictment started in March of 2011 and continued through December 2013.
Investigators said they believe no other Glendale police officers were involved in the incident.
Garcia could face up to 20 years in federal prison if convicted, and up to a $1,000,000 fine. Black faces up to five years in prison if convicted and a $250,000 fine per count.