Maryland Police Officer Arrested on Marijuana ChargesBy Sativa Galore February 4, 2012
Corporal Rick Alexander charged after allegedly warning suspects of impending raid, police say
ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, MD — A 14 year veteran of the Anne Arundel County Police was arrested by fellow officers Friday, after allegedly warning drug suspects that a search warrant was going to be executed for their residence.
Corporal Rick Alexander, 36, is charged with obstruction and hindering a police officer, conspiracy to distribute marijuana, conspiracy to distribute cocaine and misconduct, according to a statement Friday evening from county police.
Police say Alexander tipped off a group of suspects that a search warrant was going to be executed at their home on Thursday night. Alexander is accused of warning “approximately five suspects” of an investigation in Shady Side, MD, so they could hide their drugs ahead of time.
As a result of the search warrant, a very small amount of narcotics were recovered from the home. However, detectives were later directed to another location by the suspects, where they found 82.9 grams of marijuana, valued at about $829.
During the course of the investigation, detectives learned that the residents of the home had received a warning from Cpl. Alexander that a search warrant was going to be executed at their home.
According to the suspects, the marijuana had been removed from the home prior to the execution of the search warrant as a result of Corporal Rick Alexander’s warning.
Investigators say they confirmed the allegation against Alexander Friday based on phone records and conversations. Detectives confirmed that the suspects had known Cpl. Alexander prior to the search warrant being executed at their home.
Corporal Alexander was taken before a District Court Commissioner and released on his own personal recognizance.