Highland Park Police Detective Charged With Conspiracy To Distribute Heroin Containing Fentanyl | USAO-EDMI
A Highland Park Police Department detective and his co-conspirator have been charged in connection with a criminal complaint of distribution and conspiracy to distribute heroin containing fentanyl, the prosecutor said today by Acting of the United States, Saima S. Mohsin.
Mohsin was joined in the announcement by Special Agent in Charge Timothy Waters of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Tiffany Lipkovitch, 45, of Detroit, and Amber Bellamy, 38, of Detroit, are charged with distribution and conspiracy to distribute controlled substances. Lipkovich is a detective with the Highland Park Police Department, where she has been a police officer since 2011. According to the complaint, federal agents recorded numerous calls and meetings between Lipkovich and a confidential source about a drug deal. Lipkovich gave the source “samples” or “photos” of the drugs available from his partner, Bellamy, explaining that one cost “$ 80 per gram” and the others $ 100 per gram. When Lipkovich asked what they diluted or “cut” the drugs with, the confidential source replied that people used “fentanyl”. This did not surprise Lipkovich, who explained that Bellamy was given “a packet of fentanyl.” . . from abroad. Lipkovich eventually presented the confidential source to Bellamy, who sold at the source 45 grams of a fentanyl / heroin mixture. The confidential source then met with Lipkovich, who was on duty and in his police uniform, about the transaction, and gave him $ 300 for facilitating the drug smuggling.
Acting US Attorney Mohsin said, “These charges confirm our office’s commitment to hold all individuals accountable for the distribution of dangerous drugs like heroin and fentanyl. And, “While the vast majority of our police officers work honorably and faithfully to protect and serve the citizens of this region, our office continues to prosecute corrupt police officers who place their own greed above the public good and abuse their position. the law. “
Highland Park Mayor Hubert Yopp said: “We do not tolerate this type of activity. The citizens of Highland Park expect, as they should, that law enforcement officers will obey the laws they have sworn to apply. Like any other member of the community, if someone breaks the law, they must be brought to justice. “
DEA Detroit Special Agent Keith Martin said: “While the vast majority of law enforcement officers are honest and hardworking, this officer has chosen to spread a deadly drug on our streets in return. of personal profit. We are committed to working with our partners to ensure that these people are uprooted and brought to justice. “
“This morning’s arrests by state and federal agents are an example of the law enforcement community’s joint effort to prosecute police officers who abuse their authority and renounce their oath to serve and protect our communities. “said Special Agent in Charge Timothy Waters, Detroit Division. from the FBI. “Today shows the commitment of the police to eradicate police corruption and abuse of authority in their ranks. The officer’s betrayal of his sworn duty should not diminish the exemplary work carried out every day by the men and women of the police force. This case is an example of the importance that the criminal justice system places on the prosecution of its people who have abused their position of trust by dereliction of duty. “
The South Oakland Narcotics Intelligence Consortium (SONIC) task force participated in the investigation. SONIC is a working group of local police departments. Michigan State Police will continue to provide resources to multi-agency task forces comprised of federal and local partners, ”said the Michigan State Police Lieutenant General. Michael Shaw, Second District Public Information Officer. “While all criminal activity is detrimental to our communities, it is much worse when the alleged suspect is a police officer.”
If convicted of violating Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841 or 846, Lipkovich and Bellmany face a maximum of twenty years in prison and a fine of up to $ 1,000,000.
A criminal complaint is only an accusation and does not constitute proof of guilt.
The case was investigated by the FBI Detroit-area Public Corruption Task Force, in conjunction with the SONIC Task Force and the Drug Enforcement Administration. The case is being pursued by Assistant US Attorney Steven Cares.