Police Officer Charged With Theft


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
November 15, 1999

Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced that a Department of Natural Resources police officer has been charged with stealing money seized during a traffic stop. Donald Jacobs, 38, of the 3800 block of Arbutus Avenue in Baltimore, is charged with stealing $200 in drug money seized by the Maryland Transportation Authority Police during a traffic stop in the Fort McHenry Tunnel. At the time of the alleged offense, Jacobs was specifically assigned to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administrationís HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) task force. Jacobs, a 7 year veteran with DNR, is also charged with the misconduct in office and obstruction of justice.

Although he is presumed innocent of all charges until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, Jacobs could face a maximum life sentence if convicted.

Trial is set for February 29, 2000 in Baltimore City Circuit Court.


For Further Information Contact:
Frank Mann
Special Assistant to the Attorney General
(410) 576-6357