COLUMBUS Police: Man sold drugs to cop in cruiser
The drug buy took place after several meetings.
MOUNT STERLING, Ohio (AP) -- Undercover officers weren't needed to nab this alleged drug dealer.
William McCrary has been charged with selling drugs to a uniformed police officer sitting in his marked cruiser, police said.
"It was one of those things where he got comfortable with thinking Officer [Brian] Botkin would do it," Mount Sterling Police Detective Joe Cox said Tuesday. "Probably every drug dealers' main goal is to get a police officer on their side. Look at where you could go from there."
McCrary, 30, of Mount Sterling, was indicted by a Madison County Grand Jury on July 14 on three counts of trafficking in drugs, all fifth-degree felonies.
"We are probably just as amazed that it went through as most people that read about it would be," Cox said.
McCrary is in the Tri-County Regional Jail for violating a civil protection order.
"Our plan was to use him to go up the chain," Botkin said. "But now he's in jail and [his supplier] knows."
How they met
Botkin first met McCrary while investigating a property damage hit and run. He was invited into an apartment where two marijuana pipes were in plain view.
According to court records, Botkin told McCrary and another man in the apartment that he would ignore the drug pipes if they would help him later.
Botkin led the men to believe he had been a heavy marijuana user before he became an officer to establish a relationship with them.
McCrary asked him on two occasions whether he had access to the police department's drug locker. Botkin said he did not.
Several of the meetings took place in Botkin's cruiser.
The first purchase took place May 16, and Botkin was wearing a microphone transmitter monitored.
Officers say they probably won't be making drug buys out of a cruiser again.
"I have been a law enforcement officer since 1972 and this was very unusual," Carty said.
Mount Sterling is 25 miles southwest of Columbus.