Former Hempstead cop arrested for conspiracy, prosecutor says

A former Village of Hempstead police officer who had recently finished doing time for dealing drugs was arrested yesterday for conspiring to rob a Queens cocaine dealer at gunpoint in 2008, according to court papers.

Brian Jones, 40, of Hempstead, pleaded not guilty to conspiracy and a firearms charge in U.S. District Court in Central Islip.

Jones' attorney, Brian Davis of Garden City, questioned in court why federal authorities waited five years to indict his client.


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But federal prosecutor Lara Treinis Gatz said New York City detectives and federal ATF agents had only recently gotten information about the alleged robbery conspiracy.

Davis said Jones went on disability in 2007 after injuring his hands while working as a Hempstead officer. To relieve the pain, Davis said, his client took oxycodone and eventually became addicted.

Jones pleaded guilty in August 2012 to illegally selling hundreds of oxycodone and other prescription pills. He was released from prison in February after serving five months, officials said.

Village of Hempstead Police Chief Michael McGowan said Jones was fired in September 2011.

"We in the police department are outraged by the alleged illegal activities of this former police officer," the chief said Friday. "When questions about his alleged illegal actions came to light, we immediately began to cooperate with the NYPD and federal authorities."

U.S. Magistrate Arlene Lindsay ordered Jones held without bail. If convicted, Jones faces up to 20 years in prison on the conspiracy charge and up to life in prison on the gun charge.

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