Three Prince George’s police officers have been arrested in connection with a FBI investigation that brought charges against County Executive Jack Johnson and his wife Leslie.

“Police officers are given badges and guns to prevent crimes, but these police officers allegedly used them to commit crimes,” said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein in a statement. “The indictment charges that they crossed a bright line from catching criminals to conspiring with criminals.”

Sgt. Richard Delabrer, Cpl. Chong Chin Kim and Officer Sinisa Simic were among nine people arrested today. Delabrer, Kim and five others were charged with conspiracy to interfere with commerce by extortion while Simic, along with another man, was charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance and conspiracy to possess a firearm in the furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

According to the indictment which was unsealed on Nov. 15, Kim, Delabrer along with Amrik Singh Melhi and Ravinder Kaur Melhi, two liquor store owners, Amir Milijkovic, an owner of a auto glass store, Chun Chen and Jose Moreno illegally transported and sold untaxed cigarettes and liquor from July 2009 until at least Jan. 2010.

Federal authorities seized $3.5 million, 13 vehicles, dozens of bank accounts and 25 properties spanning from Baltimore to Midlothian, Va.

Authorities also allege that Simic and Mirza Kujundzic possessed with intent to sell over 500 grams of cocaine along with illegally owning a Taurus 9mm semi-automatic handgun.

Stay tuned to the AFRO as news develops.

 

George Barnette

Special to the AFRO