Lt. Sedrick Reed (Photo: PCSO)
Lamont Johnson (Photo: PCSO)
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The Federal Bureau of investigations (FBI) in Little Rock said Thursday night a Lieutenant with the Arkansas State Police (ASP) has been arrested.
FBI Supervisory Special Agent Kimberly Brunell said ASP Lt. Sedrick Reed, 43, of Hope, was arrested Thursday afternoon at ASP headquarters on drug charges. His booking time was listed as 7:06 p.m. Reed was on hold for US Marshals, according to the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office website.
Separately, civilian Lamont Johnson, 43, of Little Rock was also arrested Thursday afternoon, and was booked into jail at 7:43 p.m. He is also on hold for US Marshals.
A document filed with the Dept. of Justice states:
"The Complaint alleges that Reed, who at the time of the investigation was an Arkansas State Police (ASP) Lieutenant with full oversight of the Troop A evidence vault, broke the evidence seal on a box of cocaine held in evidence and removed cocaine more than once for distribution. The investigation revealed that he was selling the cocaine to Johnson."
The official complaint goes into detail concerning events that led to the men's arrests. It alleges that Johnson requested a specific amount of cocaine from Reed in July 2013 on a variety of occasions. Each time, Reed entered the evidence locker at ASP headquarters and removed a box of evidence, which originally contained 3 kilograms of cocaine. The complaint states that Reed was seen taking the box into a room that has scales and packaging equipment used for drugs that come into the department for evidence.
Investigators noted that the evidence tape had been cut on the box and that some substance had been taken from one of the individually wrapped kilograms of cocaine.
An investigation concluded that both knowingly and intentionally distributed and possessed with the intent to distribute less than 500 grams of cocaine.
"It was something surprising," said Shelia Branson, Lamont's girlfriend. "I didn't' know or have an idea what was going on."
Sedrick Reed's girlfriend was also in court, however, she did not want to speak on camera. Reed's close friend says this is unlike anything she's ever known Reed to do.
"We're like, 'Somebody set him up because he's such a helpful person," Reed's unnamed friend.
The men appeared in US District Court 2 p.m. Friday. Reed will be detained until his hearing set for Tuesday at 10 a.m., and Johnson is tentatively scheduled for 11 a.m. Attorneys for the two said they will be representing their clients to the best of their ability.
Both are being held without bond. If convicted, both Reed and Johnson face a maximum of 20 years in prison, a $1,000,000 fine, or both with at least three years supervised release.
Bill Sadler with the ASP said Friday morning that Reed was terminated immediately following his arrest.
To read the entire, detailed complaint of how Johnson allegedly received the cocaine from Reed, click here: http://on.kthv.com/12Po1fM