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Former Fresno Deputy Police Chief found guilty

FILE PHOTO of former Fresno deputy police chief Keith Foster

Former deputy police chief Keith Foster was found guilty today according to U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert.

In a statement, U.S. Attorney Talbert said:

“When a police officer misuses his official position to commit crimes for personal profit, it is the ultimate betrayal of public trust. The betrayal is only compounded when the officer involved is in a leadership position in the police department. By conspiring with others to traffic heroin and marijuana, Keith Foster not only disgraced the office he held, he put the community he was sworn to protect in danger. Although the jury was not able to reach verdicts on the additional counts relating to Foster’s alleged involvement in trafficking oxycodone, we are grateful for their hard work and the guilty verdicts they returned. My office is committed to rooting out corruption and prosecuting those who use their official position to commit crimes that endanger the community. We are proud to have worked alongside the ATF and FBI, with the full cooperation of the Fresno Police Department, in bringing Foster to justice.”

The federal jury in Fresno found Foster guilty of "conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin and conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute marijuana."

The entire document from Department of Justice is available below:

Foster will be sentenced on October 10, 2017. The maximum sentence is 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine for the count regarding heroin and a $250,000 fine for marijuana trafficking.


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