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Palatine Man Sentenced for Confiscating, Selling Drugs While Employed as Cop

Terrance O'Brien, 47, of 1417 E. Joyce Ave. in Palatine, is one of three former Schaumburg Police Department officers charged in the case.

Terrance O'Brien, 47, of 1417 E. Joyce Ave. in Palatine, is one of three former Schaumburg officers charged in the case.
Terrance O'Brien, 47, of 1417 E. Joyce Ave. in Palatine, is one of three former Schaumburg officers charged in the case.
A Palatine man has been sentenced to 24 years in prison for his role in a drug ring operation in Cook and DuPage counties that was orchestrated while he was an officer with the Schaumburg Police Department, according to a DuPage County State's Attorney's Office press release. 

Terrance O'Brien, 47, of 1417 E. Joyce Ave. in Palatine, is one of three former Schaumburg officers charged in the case.

He appeared in court Friday morning where he entered guilty pleas to unlawful possession of a controlled substance, official misconduct, burglary and armed violence. 

He must serve 50 percent of his sentence before he is eligible for parole.

The cases against the other two officers, Matthew Hudak, 30, of 1870 Broadsmore Drirve in Algonquin, and John Cichy, 31, of 1202 Tuscany Drive in Streamwood, are currently pending. Both men are due back in court on April 29. 

Authorities said on numerous occasions — and through the course of their work as narcotics investigators — O’Brien, Hudak and Cichy routinely confiscated drugs from drug dealers. 

The are accused of keeping some of the drugs for themselves instead of placing the drugs into evidence at the Schaumburg Police Department and then selling the drugs on the streets and through other sources. They then divided the profits between them, according to the news release. 

Police said the trio also stole $20,000 from a storage facility believing the money belonged to a drug dealer.

An acquaintance of O’Brien’s, Nicole Brehm, 45, of 1485 Cornell Court in Hoffman Estates, is also charged in the case. She is accused of allowing the men to use her residence as a "stash house" for the drugs.  

She entered a plea of guilty to possession of a controlled substance, a class one felony, on March 6 and was sentenced to 46 days in the DuPage County Jail and 24 months of probation.

The DEA, DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office, DuPage Metropolitan Enforcement Group and the Carol Stream Police Department investigated the case. 


Palman March 21, 2014 at 05:04 PM
This comment has nothing to do with this article, other than, REMOVE SOLBERG AS PALATINE COUNCILMAN for allowing the shooting in Palatine in a blighted area he has not done anything about!!
Gustavo Rodriguez March 21, 2014 at 06:12 PM
You make it sound that Solberg killed these people him self or had something to do with it. Come on you can't be that ignorant??? If you want to throw blame, throw blame at our leaders in the white house and congress etc... Most of the people in that area are probably illegals. Who is not enforcing our immigration laws before they even make it this far north?? Every town in this are has the same problems, not just Palatine. I actually think the police and the village leaders are doing a good job with what they have to work with. Looks like the police solved this crime in short order. So, maybe you should be thanking Solberg for having some part in having a professional police force up there in palatine. How about the next time you vote you don't vote for the likes of Obama, Durbin etc....
Catherine March 24, 2014 at 08:45 AM
Please Mr Rodriguez, when do you ever see any police any more on Baldwin. Just like in bad areas of Chicago....they just stay out there. SHAMEFUL. Get a new councilman is RIGHT Palman. I don't know Solberg but has he weighed in on this blight? Nope

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