EAST ST. LOUIS, IL (KTVI) - A Major Case Squad officer described as a good detective is charged with possessing five kilos of cocaine, with conspiracy to distribute it.
East St. Louis Detective Orlando Ward has handled some important homicide cases putting criminals behind bars, if the feds are successful, Ward may end up in prison.
East St. Louis Mayor Alvin Parks said, "It`s still disgusting it`s disheartening."
Ward has been on the force since 2001 and has been a detective for the last six years. The chief says he was also on the Major Case Squad. He seemed stunned by the charge.
Chief Michael Floore said, "We are totally blindsides. I`m baffled. I`m truly baffled by it all. He was a great person a great officer."
Six other East St. Louis residents were also charged. Martez Moore, Antwone Johnson, DeWayne Hill, Brian Matthews, Jaren Jamison, and Braynt Sawyer all face drug and weapons charges.
Chief Floore added, "It`s really hard to understand why this has happened. We don`t know. We definitely don`t condone it. It`s like death to you almost like a brother to you and then to know all this is going on and you didn`t know this was going on."
Officials are assessing the damage of Ward`s indictment and possible conviction to determine if it will affect any of the cases he helped prosecute. Ward is on paid administrative lead.
Authorities believe the men were part of a drug trafficking ring.
Five kilograms of cocaine have a potential street value of more than $1 million.