A trial is expected to commence Monday in the case of a former Hempstead Village police officer who allegedly conspired to participate in a home invasion robbery of an alleged drug dealer, federal prosecutors said.
Brian Jones, 41, of Mineola -- a former Hempstead Village police officer -- is going on trial for conspiracy and firearms charges. Prosecutors said he participated in a 2008 home invasion robbery of a perceived drug dealer while he was on disability from the force.
The US Attorney’s office said Jones ran the license plate of the victim being targeted in the robbery through the New York State law enforcement database in an effort to identify an address for the robbery.
Prosecutors said Jones’ girlfriend gained entrance to the targeted apartment building by pretending to sell chocolates, which Jones’ daughter was actually selling for her school.
Officials said Jones took a disability leave from his job as a police officer in 2007 after suffering a hand injury on duty. During his leave, he allegedly developed a habit for oxycodone and was arrested in 2011 after he was caught selling to a confidential informant as part of a long-term investigation by the Nassau County DA’s office.
He pleaded guilty to charges of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance in August 2012 and was to be sentenced to serve time in a state prison before ATF agents arrested him on the conspiracy charges.
Jones was fired from the Hempstead Village Police Department in September 2011.
Federal prosecutors said they expect Jones’ latest trial to last two weeks. It will be conducted at the US District Court in Central Islip.