Ex-Detroit cops accused of stealing drugs, money face additional charges

policeBy Steve Neavling
Motor City Muckraker

Two former Detroit cops who were indicted in April 2015 for allegedly stealing drugs, money and property during warrantless raids and bogus arrests now face additional charges.

The U.S. Attorney’s office filed new charges of extortion and robbing motorists against the former narcotics investigators, Bryan Watson and David Hansberry.

The latest indictment alleges the former cops stole drugs, money and other personal property after making bogus arrests and traffic stops.

The original charges allege the former officers embarked on a four-year crime spree that targeted innocent people, drug dealers and marijuana dispensaries. They are accused of threatening people with arrest and then stealing anything of value.

Motor City Muckraker first revealed in April 2014 that the FBI was investigating narcotics officers for warranties raids and stealing evidence and money from drug houses, individuals and marijuana dispensaries.  

Six members of the unit were suspended in 2014 after surveillance video showed them removing a box during a drug raid and failing to log it as evidence.

Also under investigation was Detective James Napier, 35, who fatally shot himself in front of his parent’s home in January.

According to the feds, the cops would “identify themselves as law enforcement officers performing official law enforcement duties in order to coerce their victims into complying with their demands and to encourage their victims to flee, leaving behind their controlled substances, money or personal property.”

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.

  • JC

    Well over a year before these two were arrested, there was word on the street that Detroit Police were raiding dispensaries and confiscating cannabis and cash, but not arresting or charging anyone.
    What the hell took so long?

  • Donald E. Hodge

    Sounds like the same type of nonsense that the NYPD were doing at the 75 pct. in the 1980s. what a bunch Bozos. what else is sad is how many other cops knew these guys were pulling this crap and said nothing! Four years and nobody saw or heard anything? this is just another reason why inner city people and people in general don`t trust the Police. Worthless assholes.

    • Jenny Haskell


  • Third World Detroit

    Oh, let me be on the jury.