FBI arrests Littleton police officer on drug charges

DENVER – Littleton police officer Jeffery Johnston was arrested on federal drug charges by the FBI on Friday at his home in Parker.

Johnston, a 22-year veteran, made an initial court appearance on Monday in federal court in Denver. He was advised of his rights and the charges pending against him.

According to Littleton Police Commander Trent Cooper, the drug activity was on a personal level. Cooper also said there is no indication that other officers were involved and the drug activity had nothing to do with his function as a police officer.

An affidavit in support of the arrest warrant says, “On July 15, 2013, Johnston contacted a friend via telephone. During the call, Johnston said he wanted to “catch up” with the friend.  The person Johnston contacted is a known narcotics trafficker who has been invited to Johnston’s residence previously to distribute narcotics to guests at parties Johnston hosts.  According to the friend, Johnston paid for 3,4-methylenedioxy methamphetamine (known as MDMA, Ecstasy or X) for his parties.”

Read the criminal complaint here.

Johnston is currently on administrative leave. A preliminary hearing is scheduled Thursday.