Gary cop arrested, faces federal charges

2012-08-14T17:00:00Z 2012-08-15T13:43:17Z Gary cop arrested, faces federal chargesBy Lindsay Machak, (219) 933-3246

HAMMOND | Federal officials arrested a Gary police officer and charged him with drug trafficking and a firearm violation Tuesday, officials said.

David Finley Jr., 31, was charged in a criminal complaint with distributing cocaine and making a straw purchase of a firearm, according to a news release from the U.S. attorney's office.

The charges are the result of an FBI investigation with the help of the Gary Police Department, the release said.

Gary Police Chief Wade Ingram said he was saddened by news that one of his officers was arrested and said the majority of the people in his department are hardworking and honest.

"This arrest should be a reminder to any officer who decides to cross the line and break the law that they will be arrested and prosecuted," Ingram said in a statement.

Finley, of Merrillville, had an initial hearing in federal court in Hammond, where he remained in official custody Tuesday. A detention hearing has been set for 2:15 p.m. Friday.

He was on vacation from Gary Police Department at the time of his arrest, Ingram said. And before his vacation, Finley had been assigned to administrative duties with the department, Ingram noted.

Ingram said he will seek termination for Finley if he is found guilty of the charges in federal court.

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