Former police officer faces judge on drug distribution, money laundering charges
A former Charlestown police officer went before a judge on Friday morning. He faces federal, criminal charges.
Even Speck, 34, faces three criminal counts including: possession with intent to distribute steroids, distribution of misbranded drugs (testosterone) and money laundering. He faces up to 33 years’ imprisonment and a nearly $1.3 million fine.
Speck was charged for distributing misbranded drugs for a period of two years, U.S. District Judge Lincoln Almond said after reading Speck his rights. A not guilty plea was entered on behalf of Speck. He waived his right to indictment.
He was released on a $10,000 bond. He's restricted to traveling outside of Rhode Island and Connecticut. He’ll return to court for a change of plea hearing at a later time.
Speck, who was a patrolman on the Charlestown PD force for 11 years, abruptly resigned after his Westerly home was raided by federal agents in March. Speck was out of state at that time.
During the raid, agents seized a quantity of steroids equivalent to 79 kilos of marijuana, a Glock handgun, a Colt tactical rifle and a Kimber pistol. Speck agreed to forfeit the guns and $536,000.
The NBC 10 I-Team spoke with Speck's attorneys Melissa Larson and Edward Roy outside court who said Friday's hearing was the first step in the process of admission.
"The best thing you do in this kind of circumstance is take full responsibility and he has taken those steps and today is the first step in that process," Roy said after court.
Asked if Speck had any regrets for his actions, his attorney Edward Roy said, "He was very remorseful for what happened and he's taking steps to take full responsibility for the actions reflected in that information."
Roy said he's sure Speck feels embarrassed and that he let down the law enforcement community, but added, "He was a very good police officer."
Separately, Speck is suing the Town of Charlestown, Charlestown Police Chief Jeffrey Allen and Charlestown Police Lt. Michael Paliotta alleging disability discrimination and retaliation. In his suit, Speck said the department would not provide accommodations for his disability - Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), court records show. The town, chief and lieutenant deny the allegations.
That case "is still up in the air, under discussion," Roy told NBC 10.