Inglewood Police Detective John Baca has been charged with selling narcotics to an informant working with the Federal Bureau of Investigations.
Baca is a 21 year employee of IPD, who spent a good part of his career in the narcotics unit.
The indictment charges Baca with allegedly delivering cocaine to a witness cooperating with the FBI on April 29; then selling one kilogram of cocaine to the same witness on May 4 for $22,000 in cash.
The indictment details he would be required to forfeit any real and/or personal property, connected with the case.
Baca served as an executive member of one of IPD’s police union.
Baca’s trial is currently set for Dec. 14. He was previously arrested and convicted for assault and battery in 1996, before he became a police officer, for which he was sentenced to one year of probation.
Sources close to the investigation shared with 2UrbanGirls that search warrants were served to IPD and Baca’s home.
Cerise Castle, with KnockLA, alleges a former campaign aide to Butts shared with her the FBI raided Inglewood PD and its narcotics offices Oct. 22, and Butts’ cellphone was allegedly confiscated along with other laptops and phones.
Records show the “James Butts for Mayor 2014” campaign paid Baca $2,000 out of his campaign account..
“I don’t believe other officers are involved as the informant was wearing an FBI wire for over a year,” said the source who requested anonymity.
Baca’s co-conspirator, Gerardo Ekonomo, was a documented informant with IPD, dating back to 2016.
“However,” wrote FBI Special Agent Robert Logan in the affidavit, “based on the IPD informant status and activity log, Ekonomo conducted no documented operations after he was signed up as an informant.”
“Baca proceeded to answer some questions that were posed to him, while exercising his right not to answer other questions,” Logan wrote in the affidavit. Baca denied ever selling any drugs. Ekonomo, too, has denied charges made against him.
Inglewood Police Department has not made any public comments on the matter.
View the complaint here.