Officer charged: Windsor cop arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle cocaine
A Windsor police officer has been arrested for allegedly attempting to smuggle cocaine into the United States.
At a news conference Monday afternoon, police Chief Al Frederick said Const. David Bshouty was arrested while entering the U.S. on Saturday. The arrest brought a two-month-long investigation to a climax.
“We are all angered and in disbelief over these allegation,” Frederick says.
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.
A Windsor police statement says, “WPS used all legal and available means, including covert measures and assets to gather evidence to substantiate the allegation of illicit activities.”
On Feb. 14, Windsor police contact U.S. Homeland Security in regards to the investigation.
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.
“He is currently facing state possession of narcotic charges,” Walls said. “Because the investigation is ongoing, we will decline to elaborate.”
Windsor police says Bshouty was arraigned in a Detroit court Monday. He’s charged with possession of a controlled substance less than 25 grams. Police say Bshouty has not been released from custody.
He was hired as a cadet in February 2009, and promoted to the rank of constable in 2010, where he’s worked in patrol services.
Bshouty has since been suspended from duty.