Tip leads FBI to raid longtime NOPD officer’s home, where they find crack cocaine, 100 guns

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NEW ORLEANS, LA – A longtime New Orleans police officer with a history of infractions was arrested  Wednesday on charges of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and for the illegal carrying of a weapon while in possession of the drug.

FBI agents and the NOPD’s Public Integrity Bureau searched the apartment of Reginald Allen Koeller III in New Orleans East and found more than 100 guns and 32.1 grams of crack cocaine.

Koeller, 38, is an 18-year veteran of the force who most recently worked as a patrol officer in the 4th District, police said.

Koeller’s attorney, Angad Ghai denied any wrongdoing by his client. He said:

“He vehemently denies the allegations. He does look forward to exonerating himself.”

 

Agents who executed a search warrant at his home in the Pontchartrain Oaks apartment complex on Hayne Boulevard were acting on a tip from a driver stopped by Koeller.

The driver reported to the Public Integrity Bureau that he wrecked his vehicle on March 23 near the I-10 Service Road and Crowder Boulevard after fleeing from Koeller’s marked police car, according to court documents.

The man said he discarded his Glock 17 pistol, but Koeller retrieved the gun and said he would keep it “for his collection,” the court documents show. Koeller also allegedly pocketed $7,500 cash in the driver’s possession.

Koeller failed to document the incident or surrender the weapon, police said.

When agents conducted the search, they found more than 100 firearms of various makes and models and ammunition stored in four safes.

Koeller, who at one time worked as a SWAT officer, has been placed on emergency suspension pending the outcome of a federal investigation, the New Orleans Police Department said.

During his bond hearing in Magistrate Court on Wednesday, Ghai cited Koeller’s “distinguished career serving the community” and argued for a charge of simple possession of cocaine. However, Magistrate Court Commissioner Robert Blackburn let stand the possession with intent charge and set a $15,000 bond.

Before he was arrested this week, Koeller had amassed several misconduct incidents, Civil Service Commission records show.

Personnel documents show he has been disciplined multiple times. The infractions ranged from minor to the one that has gotten him arrested Wednesday.

In one of the more serious incidents, Koeller was suspended for three days after failing to disclose crucial information to his supervisor regarding a dispute between a father and adult son in July 2015.

According to records, Larry Sylvester, the father, pleaded with Koeller to confiscate a gun belonging to his son, Orleans Parish Sheriff’s deputy Paul Sylvester. The younger Sylvester was having mental health issues and had been booked on two counts of aggravated assault in 2011.

But Koeller never bothered to speak with Sylvester or observe his state of mind. Koeller told the father he could go to the coroner’s office to seek to have his son committed, but Koeller did not assist the man in any way. He did not confiscate the gun, instead ordered the father to return the weapon to his son. Koeller did not note in his report that Sylvester was a deputy.

Two days later, Sylvester opened fire on an SUV from his marked police van and picked a fight at a Waffle House in Gentilly.

Koeller was suspended again in 2018 for a day after he failed to activate his body-worn camera while using force in the field. Civil service records did not include details of the incident.

Three other infractions were minor.

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Two Mississippi rookie police officers arrested on drug charges in park

December 27, 2021

FLOWOOD, MS – Two rookie Jackson police officers have been placed on leave after being arrested for smoking marijuana while possessing two firearms in a city park, according to authorities.

The Flowood Police Department said someone called officers Friday about 5:45 p.m. after seeing two people smoking marijuana in Nature Trail Park.

Police Chief Richard McMillian said Flowood officers arrived and found Darius Jamal Short, 30, and Kenya Shardae McCarty, 22, sitting on a bench with a small amount of marijuana next to them.

Police said they observed a gun on a table near the two and seized the weapon. Police later discovered a second gun, as well as other drug paraphernalia and open containers of alcohol.

The two off-duty officers were arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and open container violations. Both officers have also been placed on administrative leave with pay from the Jackson Police Department.

McCarty and Short are recent graduates from the Jackson Police Department’s police academy. Jackson Police Chief James Davis plans to review police body camera footage of Flowood police and institute an internal investigation.

 

The arrest of the two officers comes just two weeks after a former Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) probation officer who was arrested in September for alleged abuse of office to embezzle money was once again arrested after being indicted on two additional counts of embezzlement in Forrest County.

According to the Mississippi State Auditor’s Office, Dendrick Hurd used his position as a MDOC probation officer to steal from people trying to pay court-ordered fines and fees. Following Hurd’s initial arrest, new complaints were filed from additional victims.

Hurd now stands charged with a total of four counts of embezzlement.,

In addition to the arrest, Special Agents with the Auditor’s Office issued a demand letter to Hurd for $8,6667.50, including fees for investigative expenses and interest.

Mississippi State Auditor Shad White said:

“We are committed to uncovering all fraud, including in cases where the perpetrator thought the victim would have no one to defend their interests.

“If anyone knows of similar fraud like the scheme in this case, please call my office, and we will enforce the law to its fullest extent.”

Hurd faces up to 80 years in prison or $20,000 in fines if he is convicted on all counts.

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