Newark, NJ - Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa has announced that a former Newark police officer was convicted at trial today of official misconduct for conspiring with other officers to steal cash, drugs and weapons from suspected drug dealers and others. Darius Smith, 40, was convicted by an Essex County jury of conspiracy, official misconduct, and theft. He was acquitted of tampering with public records or information and falsifying records. The verdict followed a three-week trial before Superior Court Judge Peter V. Ryan in Essex County. The second-degree conspiracy to commit official misconduct carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in state prison, the third-degree official misconduct charge carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison, and the disorderly persons theft charge carries a maximum term of six months. Judge Ryan scheduled sentencing for Smith for July 13.
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