PHILADELPHIA (AP) ― A former Philadelphia police officer is going to prison for 15 years for plotting to steal $1.5 million in cocaine from a supposed drug dealer.
Prosecutors say 34-year-old Alhinde Weems planned to use his badge to enter a home and rob an undercover agent posing as a drug dealer. They say Weems had his service weapon and planned to use it if necessary.
Authorities say Weems also sold cocaine.
Weems told a federal judge Friday he had been depressed and acting irrationally after suffering a head injury in a 2007 bike accident on the job.
Friends said Weems was under pressure to support his wife, five children and other relatives.
Weems is one of at least five Philadelphia police officers charged in recent years with trying to rob drug dealers.