Inglewood police officer, informant arrested on federal drug charges: Justice Department

An officer with the Inglewood Police Department has been arrested and faces federal charges for allegedly participating in two cocaine transactions, the United States Department of Justice announced Friday.

Officer John Abel Baca, 45, of Whittier, was arrested on Oct. 21, two days after he was indicted by a federal grand jury.

Baca, a 21-year veteran of the Inglewood Police Department who serves as their police union representative, was accused of delivering cocaine to a “witness cooperating with law enforcement” on April 29 and May 4, with the second transaction including the exchange of about 1 kilogram of cocaine for $22,000 in cash, according to the release.

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