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Former Pooler Police officer indicted by federal grand jury

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POOLER, GA (WTOC) -

A former Pooler Police officer was indicted this week by a federal grand jury in Savannah on charges related to a conspiracy involved in the illegal possession and distribution of mumerous controlled substances.

John William Stanley, 46, was charged with aiding and abetting, with assisting conspirators in order to prevent their apprehension and with concealing the conspirators' crimes instead of reporting those crimes to the appropriate authorities.

Stanley was a Pooler Police officer at the time of the charged crimes.

United States Attorney Edward Tarver said in a statement, "Those charged with enforcing the law are not above it. This office remains committed, with our law enforcement partners, to prosecute public corruption, so that the citizens of this district can be confident in the true loyalties of those sworn to protect and defend them."

The most serious of the charges carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

The investigation was carried out by the FBI and the Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team, with assistance from the U.S. Drug Enforecement Agency.

Ricky Maxwell, Acting Special Agent in Charge, FBI Atlanta Field Office, said in a statement, "Public corruption cases, by their very nature, are very serious breaches of the public's trust that require and receive priority investigative handling by the FBI. Those investigations involving police officers engaged in criminal conduct take on an ever greater sense of urgency. The FBI will continue to make such cases a priority and asks that anyone with information regarding such activity to contact their nearest FBI field office."

Pooler Police Chief Mark Revenew said in a statement, "The City of Pooler Police Dept. fully cooperated with the investigation and is committed to eradicating corruption from the law enforcement profession. We want to ensure the public that allegations such as the ones here will not be tolerated."

For additional information, contact First Assitant United States Attorney James D. Durham at 912.201.2547.

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