ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Lieutenant Parrish Swanson and Officer Raymond Stephens of the Hillsdale Police Department pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to distribute and attempted distribution of heroin.

According to court documents, during March 2014, Swanson and Stephens agreed to assist a suspected drug dealer in robbing a drug courier of heroin.

The associate agreed to pay Swanson and Stephens cash for their assistance in the rip off.

On March 20, Stephens, while on duty as a Hillsdale police officer, approached the drug courier and robbed him of approximately four ounces of suspected heroin. He later met with the associate and gave him the heroin in exchange for $900 in cash. Stephens then gave Swanson $200 of the $900, per their previous agreement.

Swanson, 41, of St. Louis, and Stevens, 29, St. Charles, pleaded guilty to one felony count each of conspiracy to distribute heroin and attempt to distribute heroin. Sentencing for both defendants has been set for October 2014.

Each count carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and/or fines up to $1 million.



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