Officer accused of stealing drug cash

March 3, 2011 12:51:06 PM PST
The head of a Dallas-area police department's narcotics unit is accused of stealing cash seized during drug busts. Mesquite police Sgt. John David McAllister was arrested Thursday on a charge of theft of government money. He faced an initial court appearance.

The FBI in December received a tip that the 22-year department veteran was stealing confiscated drug money.

An undercover operation Tuesday involved $100,000 in bundles put in a vehicle. Investigators say the 42-year-old McAllister searched the vehicle, found the cash and while transporting the money was videotaped slipping a bundle into his pants.

Investigators say money that McAllister allegedly used to buy a watch at a store matched some of the missing cash.

Mesquite police say they were aware of the federal investigation and will review cases involving McAllister.