A former Hampton Police detective pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy to distribute cocaine.
According to court documents, Deangelo Freeman, 31 conspired with local drug dealers while he was a detective in the Special Investigations Unit of the Hampton Police Division. The conspiracy happened in 2017.
Freeman started as a patrol officer in Hampton in 2010. According to court documents, he was arrested in Idaho in March 2018
Freeman was associated with a number of individuals who were selling large quantities of cocaine, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.
These individuals included Alex Burnett who owned 9Rounds Gym in Hampton Town Center, federal prosecutors said.
Freeman admitted to providing information to Burnett about an ongoing federal criminal investigation. Freeman learned of this information while serving as a narcotics detective and participating in the investigation of Burnett, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
The information provided by Freeman included the identity of a confidential informant. Freeman gave the information to compromise the investigation and to help Burnett’s drug distribution activities, prosecutors said.
Information on Burnett’s case was not immediately known.
Freeman pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine.
He faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison and a maximum of 40 years in prison.
Freeman is set to be sentenced on April 23.