An Illinois deputy swept up in an FBI drug sting was found dead in his cell Tuesday morning, in a suspected suicide.
Stanley M. Kogut, 45, who was arrested with his partner Monday after allegedly robbing an undercover agent, was found hanging from a bed sheet inside Chicago's Metropolitan Correctional Center, the Chicago Tribune reported.
The 14-year Cook County veteran was awaiting formal charges after collared with roughly 75 pounds of stolen marijuana following an inside sting planned by a corrupt, ex-cop, according to a criminal complaint.
Alongside Kogut during his arrest was his partner, 44-year-old Robert Vaughan. Both were members of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Team; a task force of federal, state, and local law enforcement officials that target drug dealers.
Authorities say Kogut and Vaughan were in uniform and driving a marked sheriff's vehicle when they ambushed and robbed the undercover federal agent who was posing as a drug dealer.
Former Lyons Police Officer Jimmy Rodgers, who pleaded guilty to extortion earlier this year, allegedly orchestrated the theft for the two men under what the deputies believed would be his last robbery before reporting to prison.
Instead the 44-year-old, sentenced in August to five years in federal prison, had been working undercover for federal agents in a bid to reduce his sentence while secretly recording conversations between them, authorities said.
The alleged drug thefts, involving all three men, are believed to date back to 2011.
Kogut's autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner.
November 04, 2014
Nina Golgowski | NY Daily News
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