Feds want to drop cocaine charges against Gary cop
By Teresa Auch Schultz firstname.lastname@example.org December 17, 2012 10:32AM
Updated: December 18, 2012 10:12AM
Federal attorneys want to drop four of seven counts against former Gary police officer David Finley Jr.
According to a motion to dismiss filed Monday morning in the U.S. District Court in Hammond, the counts include two charges of distribution of cocaine and one charge each of possession with intent to distribute cocaine and possession of a gun in furtherance of drug trafficking. The motion did not give a reason for the request to dismiss the counts.
But a person with knowledge of the case said that tests of the suspected cocaine powder showed it did not actually contain any cocaine.
The remaining charges include one count each of false statement in buying a gun, selling a gun to a prohibited person and distributing marijuana.
Finley, of Merrillville, was arrested in August after an anonymous source told police Finley had been giving cocaine to his girlfriend. The FBI had an undercover source make several drug deals with Finley outside a Merrillville bar, The Dawghouse. According to court records, Finley sold the informant $100 worth of powder cocaine at each of two drug sales.
FBI agents finally arrested Finley during another drug deal outside The Dawghouse on Aug. 14. Finley, who was released on bond, has pleaded not guilty in the case. He resigned from the Gary Police Department shortly after the charges were announced.
Finley’s attorney, John Cantrell, said he had no comment on the case.