Former Deputy Police of the Fresno Police Department found Guilty of Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin and Marijuana
In late May, Keith Foster, the 53 year old former deputy police chief of the Fresno Police Department, was found guilty by a jury of conspiring to distribute heroin and marijuana. The two federal drug-trafficking charges against him mean that he faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine for the heroin conviction, and up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine for the marijuana conviction. He is scheduled to be sentenced for the two guilty charges on October 10th; however, he may face more charges before then. U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert stated,
When a police officer misuses his official position to commit crimes for personal profit, it is the ultimate betrayal of public trust. The betrayal is only compounded when the officer involved is in a leadership position in the police department. By conspiring with others to traffic heroin and marijuana, Keith Foster not only disgraced the office he held, he put the community he was sworn to protect in danger.
Foster served 30 years in the Fresno Police Department and he was on track to becoming Chief Jerry Dyer’s heir. Judge Anthony Ishii allowed Foster to remain free on his own recognizance until his sentencing because Foster was deemed as not being a flight risk or a danger to the public due to his lifelong ties and police service to the community, and because the alleged crimes did not involve violence or weapons. Wiretaps and surveillance of him by agents with the FBI and the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were used to build a case against Foster, in which he was heard talking about buying drugs. Prosecutors contend that Foster turned to trafficking drugs to pay bills due to him being accustomed to an expensive lifestyle. It’s a sad end for man that had spent three decades swearing to uphold the law.