GLENDALE - A former Glendale police officer is facing charges related to cocaine trafficking, including lying to the FBI and illegally accessing crime databases.
Scott Black, 39, appeared in court Friday after being indicted by a grand jury. Another man, not connected to the Glendale Police Department, Oscar S. Garcia, 35, was indicted by the same grand jury and is facing more serious drug trafficking charges.
According to the indictment, Black is accused of helping Garcia with cocaine trafficking by using his position in law enforcement to "run" license plates from March of 2011 through December 2013. Black is also accused of lying to an FBI agent. Garcia's charges include three counts of drug possession with intent to distribute, which carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine per count.
Black and Garcia remain behind bars. No one answered the door at the Black's home in Firestone where neighbors said he lives with his wife and two sons.
"I can't believe it," neighbor Marlo Ramirez said. "I would have never thought anything like that. He's just a great person. It's a great family. We went to his son's birthday party. We have backyard BBQs all the time."
"That many counts, wow," neighbor Kara Schossow said, as she looked through the indictment. "I can't see him doing that. That's the only problem."
Glendale Police Captain Mike Gross said Black resigned from his position with the Glendale Police Department Nov. 20, 2013.
Gross said Black notified the police department he'd been contacted by the FBI and was involved in its investigation.
Black had been with the Glendale Police Department for five years, and at one point, was a training coordinator.
Black had 13 years of law enforcement experience and served four years with the U.S. Army.
The U.S. Attorney's Office said Friday that, to the best of its knowledge, no other officer at Glendale PD is involved in this case.
Black's next court appearance is Jan. 29.
His formal charges are as follows: one count of use of a communications facility to facilitate drug trafficking; two counts of intentionally gaining unauthorized access to a computer; two counts of knowing and willfully making a materially false representation (to an FBI agent); and one count of conspiracy to gain unauthorized access to a computer data base.
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