Three Schaumburg police detectives were arrested by federal agents Wednesday amid accusations that they stole money and drugs from drug dealers, sources familiar with the investigation said.
DuPage County State's Attorney Robert Berlin, whose office is handling the prosecution, confirmed the arrests through a spokesman but did not name the men arrested or outline the allegations against them.
The arrests followed an investigation by DuPage County authorities and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, sources said. Authorities investigating officers set up a sting and used an informant who wore a wire, said a source close to the investigation.
Sources also said that DEA agents went to the Schaumburg police station Thursday to confiscate records related to the arrests.
Although the specific charges were not known late Wednesday, a source said the charges were Class X felonies that are punishable by six to 30 years in prison if they result in convictions.
Sgt. John Nebl, a Schaumburg police spokesman, said late Wednesday that the three officers have been placed on leave pending the outcome of the criminal investigation.
Nebl said the department has launched its own investigation into the actions of the officers and has "pledged its ongoing assistance" in the criminal probe.
The statement did not name the officers or address the nature of the allegations, though it said further information will be released "to the extent possible."
The felony charges were under seal late Wednesday. The Tribune is not naming the three men until the charges are made public.
The three police officers are expected to appear in bond court Thursday morning on multiple felonies. A news conference is scheduled afterward.
Tribune reporters Duaa Eldeib and Sally Ho contributed.