Reynoldsburg [Ohio] Police Officer Tye L. Downard was arrested for possession with the intent to distribute and distribution of controlled substances. He appeared in federal court Thursday morning.

According to an affidavit, while Downard worked as a detective at the Reynoldsburg Police Department, the Columbus office of the FBI got word that Downard was using his job to engage in drug trafficking.

The FBI says they’ve corroborated evidence through recorded conversations, recorded telephone calls, physical surveillance and seizure of narcotics provided to a source in their investigation.

According to the FBI, the informant knew 43-year-old Downard for more than two years and dealt drugs for him for several months. Downard reportedly met the person in 2013 while executing a search warrant at a residence. Downard allegedly coerced the source into working as an informant for him in order to work off additional charges that Downard said he could bring against the informant.

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