June 10, 2014 at 12:01 pm

Charges dropped against Windsor cop after seized item determined not to be a controlled substance

Bshouty (Wayne County Sheriff's Office)

Detroit — Charges against a Windsor police officer suspected of smuggling crack cocaine into Detroit have been dropped by the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office.

The charge against Constable David Bshouty were dismissed Tuesday morning after tests showed the suspected material wasn’t cocaine.

In a press release, the prosecutor’s office said: “On April 12 when the evidence was seized from Bshouty, it had an appearance consistent with cocaine and it field-tested positive for the presence of cocaine.

“Further forensic testing of the substance revealed that it was not a controlled substance. As a result, the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office dismissed the charge ... and the motion was granted by Judge Michael Wagner.”

Wayne County Assistant Prosecutor Maria Miller declined to identify what the substance was but said it “wasn’t a narcotic but had the appearance of a rock of crack cocaine.”

Bshouty was released after his initial arrest when he was able to post 10 percent of a $25,000 bond.

Bshouty was arrested by U.S. Homeland Security when he crossed the Ambassador Bridge into Detroit. Security personnel were on the lookout for Bshouty after getting a tip from Windsor police who had conducted a two-month internal investigation of the constable.

Bshouty was arrested by Windsor police on April 22 and charged him with possession of a controlled substance.

Windsor police began their surveillance of Bshouty beginning in February 2009 after receiving a tip accusing the officer of dealing in illegal drugs.

Bhouty had been suspended with pay from the Windsor Police Department.

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