CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - A former East Cleveland police detective was sentenced to nearly six years in prison Tuesday for his role in a conspiracy in which he kept thousands of dollars from alleged drug dealers, much of which was seized through illegal searches and fabricated reports.
Antonio Malone, 34, of Cleveland, was sentenced to 71 months in prison and ordered to pay more than $23,000 in restitution. He previously pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy against rights and one count of Hobbs Act conspiracy.
Malone is the last of three former East Cleveland police officers sent to prison for their roles in the conspiracy.
Torris Moore, of South Euclid, was sentenced to nine years in prison after pleading guilty late last year to one count each of conspiracy against rights, Hobbs Act conspiracy and false statements to law enforcement and two counts of theft concerning programs receiving federal funds.
Eric Jones, of Cleveland Heights, was sentenced to nearly four years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy against rights and one count of Hobbs Act conspiracy.
"When detectives target and rob a drug dealer and then create false evidence to cover up their own crimes, those officers are Benedict Arnolds," Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty said. "They have betrayed all the dedicated law enforcement officers, alive and dead, who gave their lives upholding the law and protecting our communities. So this officer now deserves to switch places with the drug dealer whose conviction we had to vacate and who has been released from prison."
Moore was a sergeant at the East Cleveland Police Department, where she supervised the Street Crimes Unit. Malone and Jones were detectives assigned to the Street Crimes Unit. The defendants were familiar with several drug traffickers, according to court documents.
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