Ex-East St. Louis cop’s drug sentencing delayed

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EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) _ The sentencing of a former East St. Louis police detective on cocaine-related drug charges has been delayed until next month.

Forty-two-year-old Orlando Ward pleaded guilty in November to conspiracy to distribute cocaine and to possessing the drug with plans to deal it.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports that a judge has rescheduled Ward’s sentencing, originally to take place Thursday, for May 9.

A federal prosecutor has described Ward in court as a corrupt police officer who for $5,000 a month was willing to provide information, police protection and resources to the drug conspiracy.

Ward resigned from the East St. Louis Police Department in May of last year after a dozen years on the police force.

He is free on bond.
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Information from: Belleville News-Democrat, http://www.bnd.com