Littleton police officer Jeffery Johnston pleads guilty to gun, drug-trafficking crimes

DENVER - A Littleton Police officer pled guilty Monday to a gun charge and intent to distribute ecstasy. He was immediately taken into custody and will be held until he is sentenced in February.

Jeffery Allan Johnston, 46, was first charged on July 19 and arrested three days later. In August, he waived his right to be indicted by a grand jury.

U.S. Attorney spokesman Jeff Dorschner says Johnston's plea agreement indicates a source told law enforcement about attending an April 2012 party at the officer's home in Parker. The witness reported observing behavior related to drug use and became an informant for the FBI.

Agents monitored as the informant negotiated the delivery of 75 ecstasy pills to Johnston for $1,300, then watched the exchange of drugs and money. The FBI raided the home moments later.

During a search of Johnston's home, they found the drug in a kitchen drawer and a loaded Colt .45 pistol above the kitchen drawer that contained the drugs. They also found cocaine, steroids, prescription pills and several other guns in the home.

Dorschner says Johnston faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000 for the charge of being an unlawful user of the drugs while knowingly possessing the firearms. He also faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million for possession with intent to distribute ecstasy.

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