Neighbours, coworkers still in disbelief over Windsor cop's arrest
Neighbours and coworkers are still in disbelief over the news that a Windsor police officer allegedly tried to smuggle cocaine into the United States.
A day after learning about allegations against Windsor police Const. David Bshouty, the president of the Windsor Police Association is assuring the public that his members are dedicated to serving the community with integrity.
“The membership is disappointed, they’re upset. We take pride in what we do in policing this community,” Jason Dejong says.
At a news conference Monday afternoon, police Chief Al Frederick said Bshouty was arrested while entering the U.S. on Saturday. The arrest brought a two-month-long investigation to a climax.
Windsor police received an anonymous tip on Feb 10, regarding illegal drug activity involving Bshouty. An internal criminal investigation was launched immediately afterwards by the risk management unit.
"This is the action of one person engaged in alleged criminal conduct and is not in relation to his duties. That unfortunately, still reflects on all of us," Frederick says. "We're extremely angered. We're frustrated from top to bottom."
In a statement to CTV News, Khaalid Walls, a spokesperson for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said Bshouty allegedly tried to smuggle three grams of cocaine into the U.S. via the Ambassador Bridge.
Many neighbours who spoke with CTV News say they looked up to Bshouty – they felt safe knowing an officer lived in their neighbourhood.
“Everybody loves him, everybody likes him. I’m very sad when I hear this,” says Adele Boutros.
He’s charged with possession of a controlled substance less than 25 grams.
According to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office, Bshouty posted 10 per cent of a $25,000 bond and was released on the condition to appear at his next court date on April 25.