Feds expect more charges against officer

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Federal prosecutor Guy Till says Littleton Police Officer Jeffery Johnston might be looking at more charges pending the results of tests on nine guns seized from his home and additional substances, including some suspected of being ecstasy and GHB, known as the “date rape” drug.

Johnston appeared in federal court for a status hearing Aug. 2, this time wearing a suit and a GPS locating device. He is out on $100,000 unsecured bond, which he only has to pay if he misses a court date.

The 22-year Littleton Police veteran was arrested by the FBI at his Parker home on July 19 after he allegedly paid an informant for $1,300 worth of ecstasy. Johnston is now on unpaid administrative leave from the police department.

Authorities say a search of Johnston’s home produced a Colt Officers Model .45-caliber pistol loaded with seven rounds in the magazine and one in the chamber; substances suspected to be cocaine, steroids and hundreds of prescription pills; additional firearms; hundreds of rounds of ammunition; empty pill pouches; a drug test kit; and a scale.

Johnston currently faces one count of possession of ecstasy with intent to distribute, which carries a penalty of not more than 20 years in federal prison and a fine of not more than $1 million; one count of maintaining a drug-involved premises, which carries a penalty of not more than 20 years in federal prison and a fine of not more than $500,000; one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime, which carries a penalty of not less than five years and not more than life in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000; and one count of using a telephone to facilitate a drug trafficking felony, which carries a penalty of not more than four years in federal prison and up to a $500,000 fine.

Till said he expects to get an indictment on new charges by a grand jury on Aug. 19. Johnston is set to return to court on Aug. 26. He is represented by Pamela Mackey, who gained notoriety defending Kobe Bryant against rape charges.

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