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St Paul (KROC AM News) - A former Minneapolis police officer is being accused of being a “dirty cop” in a federal indictment that was released Friday that could have been written in Hollywood.

US Attorney Erica H. MacDonald says 28-year-old Ty Jindra has been charged “with acquiring controlled substances by deception, extortion under color of official right, and deprivation of rights under color of law.”

Judge Erica MacDonald/Minnesota Judicial Branch photo

 

He was arrested and made his first court appearance Friday.

MacDonald says the indictment covers the period from September 2017 through October 2019. She says during that time, Jindra “abused his position in order to obtain and attempt to obtain controlled substances including methamphetamine, heroin, oxycodone, cocaine, and other drugs by deception, extortion, and conducting unconstitutional searches and seizures.”

Here are the details of the indictment:

According to the allegations in the indictment, as part of his scheme, JINDRA diverted controlled substances for his own purposes by various means in the course of his duties as a MPD officer. JINDRA diverted controlled substances by not reporting, logging, placing into evidence, or informing his partner or other officers on scene about the controlled substances that he had confiscated. On some occasions, JINDRA would find ways to interact with or search an individual, vehicle, or residence so that he could surreptitiously recover controlled substances without his partner’s knowledge. At times, JINDRA conducted searches beyond the scope warranted under the circumstances in attempt to recover controlled substances. At times, JINDRA would turn off his body-worn camera when he found, concealed or diverted controlled substances he lawfully possessed in the course of his duties as a MPD officer.

Jindra has an Elk River, MN address.

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