Former Littleton officer pleads guilty to firearm, drug trafficking crimes

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DENVER — A former Littleton police officer plead guilty to firearm and drug trafficking charges Monday.

Jeffery Allan Johnston, 46, was arrested by the FBI in July on federal drugs charges.

According to court documents, investigators were tipped that Johnston was using illegal drugs when a source said Johnston contacted him about buying Ecstasy.

The source cooperated with the FBI and arranged for Johnston to buy pills for about $1,300 at his home. After the exchange, Johnston was arrested, said Justice Department spokesman Jeff Dorschner.

Investigators searched his home and found guns, including a loaded Colt Officer’s Model 45-caiber pistol, an AR-15, two 12-guage shotguns and several other drugs including cocaine, steroids and hundreds of prescription pills, Dorschner said.

When Johnston was arrested, Littleton Police Commander Trent Cooper said 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.

Johnston faces up to 10 years in prison for the firearms charges and up to 20 years in prison for the drug charges. He will be sentenced Feb. 3.

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