- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 1, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) - A 27-year veteran detective with District of Columbia police has pleaded guilty to money laundering after prosecutors say she used money from a drug conspiracy to buy luxury cars and a motorcycle.

Stephanie Ellison, formerly with the Metropolitan Police Department, pleaded guilty Tuesday after reaching an agreement with prosecutors. The plea agreement says the 50-year-old faces an estimated 12 to 15 months in prison when she’s sentenced June 9.

Between April 2011 and December 2012, prosecutors say Ellison and a known heroin dealer worked together to hide drug proceeds by buying a Harley Davidson motorcycle, a 2009 BMW, and a 2006 Maserati, worth more than $120,000 combined. Prosecutors say the cars were in Ellison’s name, and she made the payments, but that the heroin dealer used the vehicles.


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