DENVER — A former Glendale police officer and an Aurora man were indicted by a federal grand jury on charges related to drug trafficking, making false statements and unauthorized access of law enforcement databases, the U.S. attorney general, a FBI Denver special agent and DEA Denver division special agent announced Friday.
Aurora resident Oscar S. Garcia, 35, was arrested Thursday morning, and 39-year-old Scott T. Black, of Firestone, turned himself into FBI Special Agents at the Lakewood Police Department mid-day Thursday, stated a release sent to FOX31 Denver from the U.S. Department of Justice.
Garcia appeared in court Thursday afternoon and Black is scheduled to appear in a U.S. District Court in Denver Friday.
According to the indictment, Garcia has been charged with trafficking cocaine. Black allegedly assisted Garcia by using his position with the police department to request dispatchers to run license plates through the Colorado Crime Information Center and the National Crime Information Center, facilitating the drug trafficking. Black was also accused of lying to an FBI agent on two different occasions.
The release said Garcia faces three counts of possession with intent to distribute, which could place him in a federal prison for up to 20 years and cost him a fine of up to $1,000,000. He also faces one count of use of a communication facility for drug trafficking, said officials.
Black faces one count of use of communication facility for drug trafficking, two counts for gaining unauthorized access to a computer, two counts of knowing and willfully making a materially false representation and one count of conspiracy to gain unauthorized access to a database, said the U.S. Department of Justice.
As of Friday, the U.S. Department of Justice was not aware of any other Glendale officers involved with the crimes.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Aurora Police Department investigated this case with the cooperation of the Glendale Police Department.