More charges against police officer Jeffery Johnston, accused of living double life as drug dealer
Last Updated: 114 days ago
LITTLETON, Colo. - New charges have been filed against a Littleton police officer accused of dealing drugs from his home.
Last month, FBI agents raided Jeffrey Allan Johnston's home moments after Johnston paid $1,300 for hallucinogenic "Ecstasy" pills and powder from an informant, according to court records.
Initially, Johnston was charged with possession of MDMA with intent to distribute, maintaining drug-involved premises, possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and using a telephone to facilitate a drug trafficking felony.
The new charges are being a prohibited person in possession of firearms and possession with intent to distribute Ecstasy.
Prosecutors said they are also seeking to seize Johnston's home in Parker because that is where the drug dealing and use took place.
During a search of Johnston's home in July, FBI agents recovered 10 grams of MDMA from a kitchen drawer next to the refrigerator, the affidavit said. They also seized a loaded stainless steel Colt Officers Model .45-caliber pistol along with suspected cocaine and suspected steroids, hundreds of a prescription pills and more guns, the affidavit said.
Littleton Police Cmdr. Trent Cooper told 7NEWS the arrest "came as a total shock…Our reaction is disappointment, embarrassment, anger, sadness."
"Professionally, he was a model employee," Cooper said.
Johnston did work in the narcotics division for a time, said Cooper. Most recently, Johnston worked as a motorcycle officer, conducting traffic enforcement and accident investigations. Cooper said he is the type of police officer who gets up in the middle of the night to investigate traffic accidents.
"You couldn't say anything bad about the guy. He was reliable, solid (and delivered) a good work product," Cooper said. Johnston is now on unpaid administrative leave.
Johnston is currently on unpaid administrative leave from the department. His next court hearing is Aug. 26.
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