Jeffrey Johnston, veteran Littleton cop -- and ecstasy dealer on the side?

Categories: Colorado Crimes

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Photos, video below.
Jeffrey Johnston served the Littleton Police Department for 22 years, a span of time that suggests he was viewed as a steady, reliable law enforcer.

The length of Johnston's tenure only makes his recent arrest that much more shocking. Federal authorities took him into custody on suspicion of numerous drug-related crimes in regard to ten grams of ecstasy he was presumably planning to peddle. Details, photos and video below.

On July 15, according to a criminal complaint referenced by the U.S. Attorney's Office, Johnston was contacted by a friend described as a "known narcotics trafficker." The pal had previously been invited to the officer's Parker home to "distribute narcotics to guests at parties Johnston hosts," the feds say.

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Johnston's home in Parker.
The drug in question? Methylenedioxy methamphetamine, also known as MDMA and ecstasy.

As noted by 7News, the criminal complaint maintains that Johnston arranged for the purchase of forty or fifty MDMA pills, at $15-$20 a crack -- but not by name. Instead, he referred to them as "CDs."

An example of Johnston's dialogue: "You know some of, some of my friends that wanna, uh, listen to that music, too."

The officer allegedly added the following complaint about the quality of the ecstasy available of late: "There's been some other stuff running around that we've had access [to], and it's just yucky..... It's missing a bunch of stuff. Uh, it's missing the 'M' in it."

As you English majors realize, there's no "M" in "CDs." But there are a couple of them in "MDMA."

Cut to July 19, when the informant, under FBI supervision, delivered 37 ecstasy pills and 6.3 grams of MDMA powder to Johnston's Parker pad. The officer reportedly paid $1,300 for this bonanza -- and was promptly arrested.

Shortly thereafter, a search warrant was executed, and among the items the feds are said to have found were a loaded, stainless-steel Colt Officers Model .45 caliber pistol, other assorted firearms and accompanying ammo, suspected cocaine and steroids, hundreds of prescription pills, empty pill pouches, a scale, and a drug-test kit of the sort he'd hinted at during his "CDs" palaver.

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Chief of Police Doug Stephens.
The charges against Johnston are equally varied: possession of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of MDMA with intent to distribute (maximum penalty: twenty years in prison and a $1 million fine); maintaining a drug-involved premises (twenty years in prison and a $500,000 fine); possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime (five years and a $250,000 fine); and using a telephone to facilitate a drug-trafficking felony (four years in prison and a $500,000 fine).

Yesterday, as Johnston was making his first court appearance, the Littleton Police Department reacted, with Chief of Police Doug Stephens releasing a statement attempting to distance the LPD from his disgraced officer's actions. It reads:

"Officer Johnston's alleged misconduct occurred in his private life and does not reflect on the professional reputation and outstanding service of the men and women of the Littleton Police Department. Police officers are human, and just like all people, sometimes they make bad decisions. This situation illustrates for all of us what a devastating impact drugs can have on one's life."
Oh, yeah: Johnston has been placed on administrative leave at the department -- which is the least of his problems right now.

Look below to see the 7News report.

More from our News archive circa June 2011: "Robert McIntosh wins $20,000 settlement after arrest for calling Boulder deputy a 'f*cking ass.'"

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33 comments
wowreally
wowreally

'Does not reflect'. Ya right, Arapahoe County is the most corrupt of anywhere I've ever lived!

caseyryank9
caseyryank9

"Officer Johnston's alleged misconduct occurred in his private life and does not reflect on the professional reputation and outstanding service of the men and women of the Littleton Police Department.'

I beg to differ. 

Aaron Hernandez isn't accused of killing anyone while wearing his Patriots' uniform. Yet his arrest has served to tarnish the reputations not only of the Pats but of Florida as well. And that's but one simple (and recent) example. 

When a senator is caught hanging out in airport restrooms that not only reflects on the senator himself, but the entire US senate. 

This 'good guy' cop is but one of literally hundreds arrested nationwide in the past 12 months. Each arrest further damages whatever credibility these policing authorities continue to believe they possess. 

JoninDenver
JoninDenver

This guy was a friend of the infamous Scottie Ewing. Always keeping the best of buddies.

Rick Hall
Rick Hall

OMG! A corrupt cop? Who would have thought......

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

I'm sure he and Patrick Sullivan are more than close !.....

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

...  maintaining a drug-involved premises (twenty years in prison and a $500,000 fine); 

... possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime (five years and a $250,000 fine); ...[consecutive penalty]

... using a telephone to facilitate a drug-trafficking felony (four years in prison and a $500,000 fine).

Marijuana Dispensary Clowns -- and Landlords -- take note ... any minute of any day of any week of any month these charges could rain down on you ... and you will have NO LEGAL defense to them.


Schittphaiç Magü
Schittphaiç Magü

Maybe he was referring to certificates of deposit and the "music" that his buddies wanted to listen to was the sweet sound of accrued interest on their accounts. LuLz.

Robert Barnhart
Robert Barnhart

If he doesn't go to prison like anyone else you'll know someone higher up get's a piece of that drug money.

James Tallo
James Tallo

they'll probably slap his wrist and send him back to work....corrupt pigs.

CloudGang
CloudGang

This is absolutely NOT shocking. I would like to know what the snitch received out the deal.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

The, ('I was molested throughout my youth') sideburns, along w/ the badge, SHOULD have had the P.O.S. cop, covered !.........

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

The cop will NOT receive anything beyond 4 yrs probation . Should anyone w/o a badge become involved, this is where the ALL-MIGHTY Arapahoe County will show it's 'teeth' ......

Meagan Shippert Watson
Meagan Shippert Watson

well that should have been a tip off right there... who actually has CDs anymore?

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Rick Hall Strange but (allegedly) true. Thanks for the post, Rick.

adminuser
adminuser

I hear a braying sound, braying nonsense, off in the distance...

cdndenver
cdndenver

@Robert Barnhart He will go to jail that is pretty much guaranteed. If it wss going to get swept under the rug it would have happened before the press conference. They get nothing out of sweeping it under the rug now. 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@James Tallo ... will he retain his police pension, health insurance, etc?

imbadimnationwide
imbadimnationwide

@CloudGang Especially NOT shocking in Arapahoe County Colorado.   Why do you think the South Metro Drug Task force doesn't exist anymore ?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Juan_Leg "The, ('I was molested throughout my youth') sideburns"

LOL! ... good one!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Meagan Shippert Watson ... in storage along with 8-track tapes, 45 rpm records and buggy whips.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@cdndenver  

He will get probation,TOPPS !

See Patrick Sullivan as example #1 !!!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@cdndenver ... yep ... he's been sacrificed and thrown to the wolves by his own brethren already.


Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@DonkeyHotay @Juan_Leg @cdndenver  

" Sullivan wasn't busted by The Feds ... this guy was. "

Good point !......

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@imbadimnationwide ... because this pig got popped by The Feds ...who have more severe penalties ... especially for corrupt State officials ...

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