EAST CHICAGO, Ind. - Federal agents say an East Chicago police officer was arrested attempting to buy $60,000 worth of cocaine from a police informant.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration says 47-year-old Xavier Herrera was recorded on videotape attempting to buy three kilograms of the drug in a fast food restaurant parking lot in the Chicago suburb of Summit, Ill.
Authorities say Herrera and two others are being held at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago pending a detention hearing Wednesday. The DEA says Herrera waived his right to a lawyer and signed a statement admitting his role.
The East Chicago police chief says he will request that Herrera be placed on unpaid administrative leave pending the outcome of the case.