- Associated Press - Friday, July 18, 2014

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - A former South Florida police officer has been sentenced to five years in prison for selling drugs illegally while in uniform and carrying his service weapon.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office reports that 46-year-old Dewitt McDonald was sentenced Friday in Fort Lauderdale. He pleaded guilty in April to carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime. He must also pay $25,810 in restitution.

McDonald was an officer with the West Palm Beach Police Department. Authorities say McDonald also operated a pair of health and wellness clinics. Through these, he acknowledged illegally selling steroids and other prescription drugs.

McDonald also admitted in March that he delivered drugs to another police officer while carrying his weapon and on duty.


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