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Feds: Police Officer Coordinated Cocaine Deal

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A man prosecutors identify as a Northwest Indiana police officer is facing federal drug charges.

The Drug Enforcement Agency arrested Xavier Herrera and two other men in a Burger King parking lot. The 47-year old East Chicago police officer had been set-up in a sting operation. A paid government source offered to sell him cocaine for 19-thousand dollars a kilogram.

According to the criminal complaint, Herrera told arresting officers he was the deal’s middle-man, and stood to make only $500. He’s been detained since his arrest last week, with a hearing scheduled for Wednesday morning.
The police chief and mayor of East Chicago did not return calls for comment.

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