Arrested Schaumburg cops to appear in court Thursday
Three Schaumburg police officers arrested by federal authorities Wednesday are scheduled to appear in a DuPage County courtroom Thursday morning reportedly facing multiple felony charges.
The officers, sources indicate, were taken into custody in DuPage County on allegations they sold illegal drugs as well as charges of armed violence.
The arrests are a part of a long-running investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and DuPage County state's attorney's office, according to sources.
The three men are scheduled to appear in bond court at 8 a.m. Thursday at the DuPage County Courthouse in Wheaton.
DuPage County State's Attorney Bob Berlin and Jack Riley, special agent in charge of the DEA's Chicago Field Division, will hold a news conference at 9:30 a.m., following the bond court appearance, to discuss the arrest and charges against the three officers.
Schaumburg has placed the three officers on administrative leave, according to a statement the village issued Wednesday night.
"The village and the Schaumburg Police Department have been in contact with the
DuPage County State's Attorney's Office and it has pledged its ongoing assistance
to investigators going forward," the statement reads. "The village has also launched its own internal investigation into the actions of these officers."
Schaumburg Mayor Al Larson declined to comment on the arrests, and the village's statement indicates no further comment would be forthcoming Wednesday.
Sources said as many as a dozen DEA agents executed search warrants at the Schaumburg police station late Wednesday afternoon.
The arrested officers are members of the department's Special Investigations Bureau which deals with drug, alcohol, gang and prostitution cases, a village source indicated.
According to public records, the three officers reportedly arrested have been with the department between five and 23 years and each earn more than $84,000 a year in salary. The Daily Herald is not naming the officers until an official release of their charges is made.
• Daily Herald staff writer Jessica Cilella contributed to this report.