Pubdate: Sun, 21 Feb 2016
Source: Dayton Daily News (OH)
Copyright: 2016 Dayton Daily News
Author: Theodore Decker, The Columbus Dispatch
Bookmark: (Corruption - United States)


Reynoldsburg Cop Worked With Drug Task Force.

A Reynoldsburg police detective who has worked for years with the 
county's drug task force was arrested on federal charges that he used 
his connections to deal drugs, including drugs that might have been 
taken from what was seized by his police division.

The arrest, officials say, could affect nearly 50 cases that now must 
be reviewed.

Tye L. Downard, 43, of Westerville, was taken into custody on 
Thursday on charges that accuse him of carrying out more than 20 drug 
deliveries to another person since October, involving heroin, 
cocaine, marijuana and Percocet pills. He is charged with possession 
with intent to distribute and distribution of controlled substances. 
He was in the Delaware County jail Thursday night.

Possession with intent to distribute controlled substances is a crime 
punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

Reynoldsburg Police Chief Jim O'Neill said he was stunned when the 
FBI contacted the city Thursday morning. He said he had no inkling 
that a public corruption probe was underway.

"To say this is a shock would be really underplaying it," O'Neill 
said. "I was completely floored when I heard this."

"You feel so betrayed," said Franklin County Chief Deputy Rick Minerd.
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