Gary cop charged with dealing cocaine resigns from force
by Lori Caldwell firstname.lastname@example.org | 648-3258 August 23, 2012 5:40PM
Updated: September 25, 2012 10:51AM
GARY — David Finley’s career as a Gary police officer formally ended Thursday, when he resigned from the department.
But administrators and co-workers did not expect the 31-year-old Merrillville man to return to the job he held for three years.
Finley, charged last week in U.S. District Court in Hammond with distributing cocaine and making an illegal handgun purchase, was arrested Aug. 14 outside a Merrillville bar as the FBI and Gang Response Investigation Team served a warrant at his Merrillville home.
U.S. District Judge Andrew P. Rodovich signed release orders for Finley on Tuesday.
Terms of his release include avoiding contact with the confidential informant who bought powder cocaine from Finley and was the recipient of the “straw” handgun purchase.
The informant is a convicted felon, which Finley allegedly knew, and could not obtain a gun on his own.
Finley must also surrender all Gary police equipment and identification, the order states.
At his detention hearing Aug. 17, Finley’s lawyer said his client would be seeking a job in construction.
The FBI began investigating Finley in mid-July when the informant said Finley was providing his girlfriend with cocaine.