Mesquite Officer in Drug Sting Pleads Guilty

Tuesday, Mar 22, 2011  |  Updated 11:15 AM CDT
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Mesquite Officer in Drug Sting Pleads Guilty

A  Mesquite police officer caught on surveillance video slipping a packet of drug money into his pocket has pleaded guilty to theft.

A federal judge in Dallas on Tuesday accepted the plea from 42-year-old former Mesquite police Sgt. John David McAllister.

McAllister was in charge of a narcotics unit and his duties included helping transport confiscated drugs and cash. The FBI in December received a tip about McAllister possibly stealing drug money and set up a March 1 undercover operation.

McAllister, who'd been with a Mesquite officer for 22 years, resigned after being arrested March 3.

He pleaded guilty to one count of theft of government money. Sentencing is June 20. McAllister, who's free on a personal recognizance bond, faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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