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Leader of Mesquite police narcotics unit accused of pocketing money during FBI sting

(The Dallas Morning News) DALLAS – FBI agents arrested the head of the Mesquite police narcotics unit Thursday in an undercover sting after he was caught on video pocketing $2,000 from a bag of cash during a staged traffic stop, authorities said.

John David McAllister, 42, a 21-year department veteran, could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted of stealing money belonging to the government.

He made his first appearance in court Thursday afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Paul Stickney. Dressed in a blue T-shirt and knee-length gray shorts, the handcuffed and shackled McAllister acknowledged that he understood the theft charge against him. His defense attorney, Laura Harper, a federal public defender, was granted a continuance in the case until Thursday. McAllister was released until that hearing on his promise to appear.

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