A police sergeant with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department was recently indicted on federal drug charges. The police sergeant's brother also faces federal drug charges. The drug charges stem from packages that contained marijuana, which were intercepted by investigators. Police investigators say the packages of marijuana were intended to be distributed and sold.

The police sergeant who faces federal drug charges is 46-years-old and is a supervisory Sergeant for a division of the St. Louis Police Department that investigates illegal gang activity and illegal drug distribution. According to the indictment, the police sergeant obtained seized packages of marijuana from October 1, 2010 through January 10, 2012. The sergeant took the packages of marijuana to his house instead of dropping off the packages at the police department.

The sergeant and his brother would later open the packages and sell the marijuana for profit. Court documents say, the police sergeant failed to record the packages of marijuana in police reports in order to avoid getting caught.

The case was investigated by the FBI Public Corruption Task Force. The Task Force includes members of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.

The police sergeant may have also been involved in prior police misconduct in 2008 when he allegedly manhandled a suspect after the suspect failed to give up information on local drug activity.

Both brothers were indicted on one felony count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana and one count of intent to distribute marijuana. Each count carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison.

Source: kmov.com, "St. Louis police sergeant indicted on federal drug charges," Jan. 19, 2012