INGLEWOOD – An Inglewood Police Department narcotics detective has posted bail and is out of jail, for now.
Det. John Baca was indicted on drug trafficking charges last October, however, the department has made no public statements about his arrest outside of they are “cooperating” with the investigation.
“He was released on a $1.1 million bail a couple of weeks ago,” said Thom Mrozek, spokesperson for the U.S. attorney’s office.
Records dated Feb. 16, 2022, shows he put up $250,000 cash, and three properties. He is instructed not to speak to any witnesses in the case, and can not possess a firearm. He is also ordered to not work as a police officer, and must provide a DNA sample.
Since Baca’s indictment a series of unfortunate events have followed, particularly in the last couple of weeks, that would make Lemony Snicket scratch his head.
The narcotics unit was alleged to have been temporarily disbanded, and police equipment was also alleged to be confiscated.
The City then spent thousands of dollars to purchase new communications equipment (laptops and cellphones) that Mayor Butts vehemently denied having taken place.
It was discovered that Butts’ 2015 re-election campaign cut a check to Baca, which Butts denies knowing anything about. He claims to have no knowledge of who his campaign hired, despite his signature appearing on each campaign finance report turned into the City Clerk’s office.
Officers continue to depart for lateral transfers, and/or retirement.
An off-duty officer was in his marked police officer helping his sister move, who is then shot with what department insiders call “possible medical retirement” type wounds. Sources also shared it was the officer who called into IPD’s dispatch with a full description of the shooter, who was located a week later in Michigan.
The City cut a $60,000 petty cash check to IPD on the April 5 warrant register, which signals the narcotics unit is possibly back in action.
Three police officers had workers compensation claims on the April 12 agenda, only for Butts to abstain on voting for settlement authority for them. Several elected officials have shared that you abstain when there is a conflict.
What conflict could Butts have with these officers injuries?
Oh, and Butts has yet to be physically present for a city council meeting for a “couple of weeks”. He was absent April 5, and called in remotely April 12.
Butts will tell you there is no connection to these events.
Baca’s trial has been pushed back to September 27.