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3 Schaumburg Cops Accused of Robbing Drug Dealers

Jan. 17, 2013

Three Schaumburg police officers will appear in court this morning accused of robbing drug dealers, officials said.

John Cichy, Matthew Hudak and Terrance O'Brien were taken into custody by agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration on Wednesday, sources said. They were arrested following an investigation by DuPage County authorities working with the DEA, a village source said.

The investigation involved a sting and an informant who wore a wire, said a source close to the investigation. The source added that DEA agents went to the Schaumburg police station on Wednesday to confiscate records related to the arrests.

Cichy and Hudak were each charged with manufacturing or delivering between 100 and 400 grams of cocaine, armed violence, criminal drug conspiracy, conspiracy to manufacture or deliver between 100 and 400 grams of cocaine, official misconduct, theft between $10,000 and $100,000 in a school or place of worship, and burglary.

O'Brien was charged with manufacturing or delivering between 100 and 400 grams of cocaine, armed violence, drug conspiracy, official misconduct, theft of stolen property between $10,000 and $100,000 from a school or place of worship, and burglary.

All three are being held on $750,000 bond, according to the DuPage County sheriff's office. They are expected to appear in bond court this morning, and a news conference is scheduled afterward.

Schaumburg police spokesman Sgt. John Nebl said late Wednesday that the three have been placed on leave pending the outcome of the criminal investigation.

Nebl said the department has launched its own investigation into the matter and has "pledged its ongoing assistance" in the criminal probe.

Nebl referred inquiries to the DuPage County state's attorney's office. DuPage County spokesman Paul Darrah confirmed the arrests but declined additional comment.



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