St. Paul, MN (KROC-AM News) - A federal jury has convicted a former Minneapolis police officer on charges involving the theft of controlled substances and violating the civil rights of citizens through unconstitutional searches and seizures.

Acting US Attorney W. Anders Folk says the verdict against 29-year-old Ty Raymond Jindra was returned at the end of a nine-day trial at the federal courthouse in St. Paul.

“Ty Jindra failed to uphold his oath as a peace officer, he failed the community he was sworn to serve, and he failed his fellow officers” said Acting United States Attorney W. Anders Folk. “This office and our law enforcement partners will not tolerate corruption and blatant abuse of authority. I am grateful to the Minneapolis Police Department for rooting out Jindra’s wrongdoing and notifying the FBI.”

Evidence presented at his trial shows Jindra, while he was employed as a Minneapolis police officer, would divert illegal drugs for his own purposes by failing to report, log, and place the controlled substances into evidence after seizing them during investigations. The charges also alleged he would conduct searches beyond the scope of the warrants issued in cases to recover controlled substances, which included methamphetamine, oxycodone, fentanyl, and other drugs.

Under federal sentencing guidelines, he faces a maximum of 14 years in prison for his conviction on three counts of acquiring a controlled substance by deception and two counts of deprivation of rights under color of law.

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