Detroit Police Officer Charged With Taking Bribes From Drug Trafficker

A 19-year veteran of the department allegedly took $15,000.

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August 22, 2019 - 4:33 pm

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DETROIT (WWJ) -- A Detroit police officer is facing federal charges for allegedly taking bribes from a drug trafficker, United States Attorney Matthew Schneider announced on Thursday.

Officer Michael Mosley, 47, was indicted by a federal grand jury on two counts of bribery for allegedly taking $15,000 in cash bribes.

Mosley, a 19-year veteran of the Detroit Police Department, was a member of DPD's Major Violators Unit, formerly known as narcotics. Officials say during a search of a drug trafficker's residence on April 3, Mosley and other officers discovered two kilograms of heroin, one kilo of cocaine and six firearms.

The trafficker confessed to owning the three kilos of drugs to Mosley and signed a confession. The indictment says subsequent to the April 3 search, Mosley remained in contact with the drug trafficker in an effort to secure the trafficker’s cooperation concerning other criminal activity. 

At some point, the drug trafficker offered Mosley a $15,000 cash bribe in exchange for not pursuing criminal charges based on the seizure of the drugs. Mosley agreed to the deal, according to Schneider's office. Officials say on May 2, Mosley went to an abandoned house to collect $10,000 in cash, which the dealer left in the backyard. Three weeks later, he collected another $5,000 left for him at the same house.

In exchange, Mosley gave the trafficker the original copy of the drug trafficker’s signed confession, officials said.  

Each of the two charges against Mosley carry a maximum of 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

"Although the vast majority of police officers in Michigan are fully dedicated to protecting the public, sometimes there is an infrequent example of an officer driven by corruption and greed," Schneider said in a statement. "I am thankful to Detroit Chief of Police James Craig for his commitment to combating corruption, so that the rare example of bribery does not overshadow the outstanding work of so many other great police officers."

Craig addressed the charges against Mosley during a press conference Thursday, saying about a month ago Mosley had been suspended with pay, based on the allegations.

Craig said the department has been conducting an internal investigation into the Major Violators Section for several months and Mosley's case was part of three individual probes within the investigation. 

"It appears that this alleged criminal conduct is isolated only to officer Mosley," Craig said of the bribery allegations.