Thursday, July 27, 2017 || By Local News Curator || @maywoodnews
Greg Salvi, 44, the former Melrose Park police detective who pleaded guilty in April to multiple felony counts associated with selling stolen drugs was sentenced on July 26 to 11 years in prison, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Salvi pleaded guilty earlier this year to “one count each of possession of drugs with intent to deliver and using a gun in a drug trafficking crime,” according to a April 25 Chicago Tribune report.
According to the July 26 Tribune report, Salvi struggled to explain the behavior that ultimately led him to prison:
“I am … I don’t really know what happened,” Salvi stammered at the outset of remarks to U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve. “I don’t know how I lost my way. … I tried to be something that I wasn’t. It’s not who I was.”
What Salvi became, according to federal prosecutors, was a cop moonlighting as a drug dealer. He pleaded guilty earlier this year to a host of brazen schemes, including selling narcotics he’d stolen from an evidence room and transporting what he thought was a 5-kilogram load of drugs for local dealers in his unmarked squad car.
In handing down the lengthy prison term, St. Eve told Salvi his “egregious conduct” has ripple effects that go far beyond his own community.
Read the full Tribune report on Salvi’s sentencing here. VFP