CHICAGO — Two police officers in Phoenix, Ill., conspired to steal cash and drugs from occupants of vehicles during traffic stops in exchange for offering to withhold criminal charges or take other official actions, according to a federal indictment.
Patrol Officer ANTOINE LARRY and Sergeant JARRETT SNOWDEN served on the Phoenix Police Department. An indictment returned Thursday in U.S. District Court in Chicago alleges that Larry and Snowden engaged in a criminal conspiracy from 2020 to 2022. The pair conspired to steal cash, drugs, and other items from vehicle occupants by offering to reduce or withhold criminal charges, decline to tow the vehicles, or release the cars from impoundment, the indictment states. In some instances, Larry and Snowden agreed to sell stolen drugs to a dealer and then split the proceeds amongst themselves, the indictment states. To conceal their thefts, Larry and Snowden falsified police reports so that the reports did not reflect the seized items, the charges allege.
The indictment charges Larry, 46, of Bolingbrook, Ill., with conspiracy, extortion, and attempted extortion. Snowden, 34, of Lansing, Ill., is charged with conspiracy and attempted extortion. Arraignments in federal court in Chicago have not yet been scheduled.
The indictment was announced by John R. Lausch, Jr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; and Robert W. “Wes” Wheeler, Jr., Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Field Office of the FBI. The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Sean J.B. Franzblau and Alexandra Morgan.
The public is reminded that an indictment is not evidence of guilt. The defendants are presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
The conspiracy charge is punishable by a maximum sentence of five years in federal prison, while extortion and attempted extortion are each punishable by up to 20 years. If convicted, the Court must impose a reasonable sentence under federal statutes and the advisory U.S. Sentencing Guidelines.