MassLive reports “Lawrence officer arrested after threatening FBI informant. A Lawrence police officer was arrested by the FBI Thursday night, charged with extorting drugs and cash from a Merrimack Valley drug dealer, who was also an FBI informant.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced that John Desantis, Jr., 43, was arrested by the FBI at his Methuen home on a federal warrant. In a preliminary hearing Friday, he was ordered held pending a detention hearing on Tuesday, May 31.
Desantis had been a Lawrence police officer for 16 years but had been on medical leave for over a year, and for much of that time with no pay.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s statement, the FBI alleged that Desantis had been purchasing cocaine from the informant dealer for over a year, making buys once or twice a week.
The dealer has sold drugs in the Merrimack Valley and in Southern New Hampshire for several years, all the while informing for the FBI. The dealer was described in court documents as a Dominican citizen living in the United States illegally.”
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