Former St. Louis officer sentenced for giving gun to drug dealer

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Officer Don McGhee was among several to travel to the U.S. Police and Fire Games in San Diego, Calif. in June 2014. A version of this photo was posted to the St. Louis Police Department's Facebook page.

ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – A former St. Louis police officer was sentenced Tuesday for giving a firearm to a drug dealer to help that person continue their crack cocaine and marijuana distribution operation, U.S. Attorney Richard Callahan said.

According to court documents, McGhee pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of conspiracy to possess a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime in April, about a week after being indicted.

McGhee admitted to giving drug dealers a Mossberg 12-gauge pistol-grip shotgun in March 2014.  The drug dealers operated out of a residence on Cottage Avenue, near East Prairie.

The home was subject to a police raid days later, and the gun was recovered along with other firearms, ammunition, a large amount of cash, as well as crack cocaine and marijuana.

McGhee was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison.