Updated: 07/30/2014 5:15 PM
Created: 07/30/2014 9:39 AM WNYT.com
By: WNYT Staff
TROY - A 10-year veteran of the Troy police department who is under investigation by the state attorney general’s office for intentionally obstructing a drug ring investigation has been suspended without pay.
Troy Police Chief John Tedesco made the announcement about Officer Brian Gross on Wednesday afternoon.
Earlier in the day, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Gross leaked confidential information of pending search warrants to suspects involved in the drug ring. He says the tip off gave the suspects time to remove evidence of narcotics before the police executed the search warrant.
In the end, no one ever ended up getting arrested.
Gross is charged with tampering with physical evidence as well as official misconduct and obstructing government administration.
Schneiderman says the New York State Police had been investigating the specific drug ring in Rensselaer County since 2013. Gross was assigned to assist with the case and had knowledge and access to intelligence, suspect information and details of the search warrants.
Investigators became suspicious in February when they searched five locations where extensive evidence of drug activity had been observed and found no evidence of a drug enterprise.
One of the suspects informed police that another person in the alleged drug ring had been tipped off to the search warrant from Gross.
The police officer was arrested and charged after a five-month investigation by the attorney general’s office and New York State Police.