WCPO to Dismiss Two Narcotics Cases
On March 24, 2020, the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office Conviction Integrity Unit (CIU) presented an order which was signed by Third Circuit Court Chief Judge Timothy Kenny dismissing the case against Darell Chancellor who was convicted on December 12, 2012, of Possession of 450 grams to 999 grams of Cocaine. He was sentenced to 14 years, three months to 30 years as a Habitual Fourth Offender.
On the same day, the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office Public Integrity Unit presented an order which was signed by to Chief Judge Timothy Kenny dismissing the case against Darrell Richmond, who was convicted on August 9, 2019, of Delivery/Manufacture Narcotics Less than 50 grams and Felony Firearm Second Degree. He was sentenced to three to 20 years on the drug charge and a five-year consecutive sentence on the felony firearm charge.
Both cases were dismissed by order and no court appearances were held due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Statement of Prosecutor Kym Worthy
Prosecutor Worthy said, "The cases that we are announcing today are the result of the tireless work of investigators from the Detroit Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (Richmond), and the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office Conviction Integrity Unit (Chancellor). These are the first cases that deal directly with fraudulent search warrant affidavits and other activities by highly unethical and compromised narcotics police officers. These cases take time to review, and we expect that there will be more. I will not hesitate to free other wrongfully convicted individuals if we find tainted or fraudulent evidence."
Darell Chancellor CIU Recommendation*
The alleged evidence in the case about Mr. Chancellor cannot be corroborated and has been credibly refuted. It was based upon a fraudulent search warrant. Mr. Chancellor's claim that he was wrongfully convicted is credible and his case will be dismissed by the Conviction Integrity Unit.
Darrell Richmond - Public Integrity Unit Recommendation *
The DPD and FBI investigation clearly shows that the information provided in the search warrant for Mr. Richmond's home was based upon false and not-credible information. The conviction of Mr. Richmond will be dismissed by the WCPO Public Integrity Unit.
*Note: At this time limited information is being released BY WCPO due to the ongoing investigation of the Detroit Police Narcotics Unit by DPD and the FBI.