UPDATE: Dirty Cops Charged With Robbing Drug Dealers – Selling Off Stash, Pocketing Cash

Posted on January 28, 2013

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UPDATE:  It’s happened – Cook County is dropping cases against suspects arrested in drug related offenses due to them being arrested by these officers.  The update follows the original story below.

Originally posted 1/21/2013

Illinois (The Gaslamp Post) – Three Schaumburg  police officers were snagged in an undercover sting by the DEA last Wednesday, after an investigation into allegations that they were robbing drug dealers and selling off the captured narcotics.  The arrest brought to light an unbelievable conspiracy where the officers allegedly betrayed the community they were trusted to protect.

“I think that this is going to leave a mark on the department,” Village Manager Ken Fritz said Thursday after the charges against the officers were outlined at a bond hearing. “It’s sad for those people that have to carry on in the future and it’s going to take us a long time to earn back some of the trust of the community.”

It all started when police acting on a tip, executed a search warrant on a storage locker and apartment of a known police informant in nearby Carol Stream.  When officers recovered 275 grams of cocaine, the person whom the locker belonged to started talking.

 Matthew Hudak

Schaumburg Police Officer Matthew Hudak

The scheme allegedly goes as far back as 2010, when the unnamed man became a police informant.  According to the informant, Schaumburg police officers John Cichy, 30, Matthew Hudak, 29, and Terrance O’Brien, 47, who were reportedly tactical officers with the department’s Special Investigations Unit, would give him drugs that they confiscated in busts to sell.

The informant came to be in their service when he was arrested for drug possession in 2010.  He said that mid last year he went from mere informant, to business partner.

 John Cichy

Schaumburg Police Officer John Cichy

According to the Chicago Tribune, the officers would reduce charges on those they had arrested and then steal the narcotics they had reportedly seized.  They were then alleged to hand the drugs; everything from marijuana to heroin and cocaine, over to the informant to sell.  The four would then split the profits.

After the informant had made the claim, a two-week long investigation was launched by a joint federal and county task force into the allegations.  The informant reportedly told the officers that he had a contact coming in from out of town, and that they should rob him.

 Terrance O'Brien

Schaumburg Police Officer Terrence O’Brien

With cameras rolling, they lied in wait at a storage locker where the officers believed the contact had stashed $20,000.  The three reportedly showed up that previous Saturday wearing masks, and took it.  A positive ID was made when one of the officers, John Cichy momentarily lifted up his mask.

All three officers were reportedly taken into custody last Wednesday in the parking lot of a mall.

Federal agents executed a whopping 20 different search warrants on the homes, vehicles, and workplaces of the three officers.  In the search they recovered the $20,000 in bait money, as well as alot of drugs.

 Nicole Brehm

Alleged girlfriend of Officer O’Brien, Nicole Brehm

A search of the home of the reported girlfriend of one of the officers, Nicole Brehm, turned up 6 pounds of marijuana.  Brehm is reportedly the mother of one of Officer Terry O’Brien’s children.

Terry O’Brien is also reportedly married to a different woman, with whom he has 4 children.

Authorities charged the officers with a myriad of charges including burglary, manufacturing or delivering between 100 and 400 grams of cocaine, official misconduct and theft between $10,000 and $100,000 in a school or place of worship.

“This is not a good day for the good guys,” said Jack Riley, special agent-in-charge of the DEA’s Chicago field division. “No matter who you are — federal, state, or local law enforcement — your badge took a ding and, for me quite frankly, it makes me sick to my stomach.”

“I really do believe we have successfully removed the cancer within that (Schaumburg police) department,” he added.

All three remain in custody on $750,000 each, and are considered flight risks.  Nicole Brehm, 44, is also held on unspecified charges, on $150,000 bond.

At the time of interrogation, Officer Hudak owned up to what the group had done saying, “everything you have on tape, I did.  You got me on that.”  Officer O’Brien reportedly told investigators that they committed the crimes “for the thrill of it.”

(h/t:  Policethugs.com)

UPDATE (1/28/2013) – Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office announced that after a review of 19 cases in which 3 former Schaumburg police officers were involved in, all but 4 are being dropped.  Due to the arrest of dishonored ex-police officers Terrence O’Brien, John Hudak, and John Cichy, in connection with a multi-agency investigation into allegations that they were robbing drug dealers and selling narcotics, these cases have all been compromised.

According to The Chicago Tribune, all but 4 of the 19 cases that have come under review by Cook County prosecutors will be dropped.  The problem with being able to prosecute these suspects arises from how these officers have compromised their own investigations.

Authorities say that the officers’ credibility would no longer stand up in court.