Cop Accused Of Selling Drugs Out Of Patrol Car

By Victoria Kim 04/24/18

The FBI claims the New Jersey officer had been selling cocaine, heroin, and cannabis since last October.

Police Officer Leaning On Patrol Car

A New Jersey cop is facing charges after being accused of selling about $12,000 worth of illicit drugs, including counterfeit Percocet—occasionally from his patrol car.

According to the FBI, which arrested Ruben McAusland, 26, of the Paterson Police Department last Friday (April 20), the police officer had been selling cocaine, heroin, and cannabis since last October.

McAusland allegedly met with an “undercover buyer” who was cooperating with police in a supermarket parking lot nearby the police department in February 2018, to sell four “sample heroin pills” that were made to resemble prescription Percocet.

From that time until this month, the officer allegedly sold $7,000 worth of the counterfeit pills to the individual, at about $7 per pill.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Jersey, McAusland, who was with Paterson PD for four years, also sold varying amounts of cannabis, heroin, cocaine, and crack cocaine to the individual on separate occasions.

McAusland was released on Friday after posting $100,000 bond. He faces a mandatory minimum of five years in prison, and a maximum sentence of 40 years for narcotics distribution, the New York Post reported.

“It’s a surprising case—that an officer, who is supposed to be preventing the sale of drugs, did just the opposite,” said a spokesperson for U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito.

But stories about corrupt cops aren’t exactly rare.

Just this past January, the Los Angeles Times reported the arrest of Kenneth Collins, a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy who was charged with hatching a scheme to help a drug trafficker transport large amounts of illicit drugs and cash from Pasadena to Las Vegas.

Unfortunately for Collins, who charged $250,000 for his services, the drug trafficker was an undercover agent.

According to the LA Times, Collins also promised the services of entire security “teams” made up of other law enforcement officers who would help the drug trafficker carry out his deeds and avoid detection from law enforcement along the way.

Collins was investigated by the FBI for months, during which time the disgraced officer was recorded discussing “his extensive drug trafficking network, past criminal conduct, and willingness to accept bribes to use his law enforcement status for criminal purposes.”

Collins, along with three other men, faces a charge of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances.

According to ABC 7, if convicted, the men face the possibility of being sentenced to life in prison.

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