Two Narcotics Convictions Dismissed Due To Compromised Detroit Police Officers

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy says more cases are likely to be dismissed.

WWJ News
March 24, 2020 - 4:52 pm

DETROIT (WWJ) -- Two men are walking free after drug convictions and the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office says there may be more cases dismissed as they investigate corrupt narcotics officers in Detroit.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy says Darrel Chancellor and Darrell Richmond had their cases dismissed Tuesday.

Worthy's Conviction Integrity Unit (CIU) presented an order which was signed by Third Circuit Court Chief Judge Timothy Kenny, dismissing the case against Chancellor.
Chancellor had been sentenced to 14 years and three months to 30 years back in December 2012, when he was convicted of the possession of 450-999 grams of cocaine.

The prosecutor's Public Integrity Unit presented a similar order to Kenny for Richmond's case. Richmond, who was convicted last August, had been sentenced to 3-20 years in prison for the delivery/manufacturing of narcotics less than 50 grams and second-degree felony firearm.

The prosecutor's office says no court appearances were held for either case, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Worthy says the dismissal of both cases are a "result of the tireless work of investigators from the Detroit Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (Richmond), and the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office Conviction Integrity Unit (Chancellor)."

"These are the first cases that deal directly with fraudulent search warrant affidavits and other activities by highly unethical and compromised narcotics police officers," Worthy said in a statement.

She says the cases take time to review, but she expects there will be more.

"I will not hesitate to free other wrongfully convicted individuals if we find tainted or fraudulent evidence," she said.

The prosecutor's office says the alleged evidence in Chancellor's case cannot be corroborated and has been credibly refuted. It was based on a fraudulent search warrant, according to prosecutors.

As for Richmond's case, a DPD and FBI investigation clearly showed that the information provided in the search warrant for his home was based on false and non-credible information.

The prosecutor's office is releasing only limited information about the cases, due to the ongoing investigation by DPD's Narcotics Unit and the FBI. No names of the officers involved in the wrongful convictions have been released.