The FBI arrested a long-time Mesquite police officer on Thursday after he was secretly videotaped stealing $2,000 from an undercover agent posing as a drug dealer, according to a criminal complaint.
Sgt. John David McAllister supervised the Mesquite Police Department’s Narcotics Unit for the past five years and was a 22-year veteran of the department, police said.
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He was suspended with pay pending the outcome of the investigation, said Mesquite police spokesman Lt. Bill Hedgpeth, who declined further comment.
NBCDFW.com called McCallister’s home for comment. A woman who answered the phone, who did not identify herself, said, "Come on, guy. I mean, do you really think we're going to talk to you guys?"
She would not offer any further comment.
On Tuesday, the FBI placed $100,000 in marked bills in a car driven by an undercover agent, the complaint said. McAllister was then lured to assist in what he believed was a drug arrest.
Secret cameras installed in the vehicle captured McAllister stuffing a bundle of $2,000 into his pants, the complaint said.
Agents later followed him to Town East Mall, where he bought a $480 watch at a store called The Buckle. The FBI said it recovered the money from the store and it matched the bills from the sting operation.
The FBI began its investigation after receiving a tip in December that McAllister was stealing cash during drug busts, the court documents said.