Mesquite PD Sergeant Accused Of Stealing Drug Money

Updated 3/4/11 – 3:00 p.m.

MESQUITE (CBSDFW.COM) – A former sergeant with the Mesquite Police Department is in federal custody, accused of stealing government money.

Sgt. John David McAllister was at a Mesquite gym when federal agents took him into custody on Thursday. He was the head of the department’s narcotics unit and supervised four detectives.

Mesquite narcotics unit duties include; searching suspected drug houses, assisting officers with vehicles suspected of transporting drugs, and working with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

Late last year the FBI received a tip that Sgt. McAllister, 42, was stealing money found during the execution of search warrants.

The FBI opened an investigation and set up an undercover sting. FBI officials gave an undercover agent $100,000 in cash, that had been counted, photographed and photocopied. Then on March 1, 2011 the undercover agent, driving a vehicle with hidden video recording equipment, was stopped by Sgt. McAllister, his partner and two other undercover officers.

After being escorted away from the vehicle, the driver gave Sgt. McAllister permission to search it. McAllister found the cash, in a plastic bag inside a duffel bag.

The two additional undercover officers asked Sgt. McAllister to drive the vehicle and the cash to the Mesquite Police Department. During the drive video captured McAllister placing his hand in the duffel bag, taking out a bundle of money, and putting it in his pants.

When Sgt. McAllister arrived at the police station he got out, with the cash, and went to his official Mesquite police vehicle. There, he was seen  shuffling things around and then, with the plastic bag in hand and the duffel bag on his shoulder, escorted the undercover officers inside.

Later, when the cash was counted, it was discovered that one $2,000 bundle was missing.

When Sgt. McAllister left the police station, still under undercover surveillance, he drove to Town East Mall, went in a clothing store and was seen leaving with a small bag.

Agents got photocopies of all the money in the store cash register and identified several bills from the sting. Mall surveillance tapes also showed a person, fitting McAllister’s description, entering the store and buying a watch.

Until now, Sgt. McAllister had an unblemished record.  Following Thursday’s arrest, McAllister resigned from the department.

Thursday morning, FBI agents scoured McAllister’s home looking for evidence. Neighbors didn’t know what to think when they saw the house crawling with law enforcement officials. “That would surprise me. That would shock me actually. He appears to be a pretty solid guy,” said neighbor Trice Battle.

Sgt. McAllister made is first court appearance before a U.S. Magistrate Thursday afternoon. If convicted he faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The husband and father of two has been with the Mesquite police department for more than 21 years and in narcotics for the past five.

Since McAllister resigned, Mesquite Police say their investigation into the case is closed, and that it’s up to the criminal justice system to handle the case.

  • Steve

    Wow, he rips off drug dealers. Who gives a s@#$?

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  • michael

    To me he is worst than the drug dealers he is busting, why because he has the law on his side, and if in court of law his testimony is heard as the truth. BUT , I’ll bet he has a lie for this money theft too..PUT him in jail with the other criminals .

  • Cops Friend

    John WOW, I know being a cop is tough and sorry pay and you get slammed for anything you do to protect yourself but this was not worth risking your career for. The public will want your head for this. I say loosing your career is bad enough punishment and probably probation. Good luck, thanks for serving, lesson learned.



  • Canadiantexan

    He’s being held accountable. They got a tip, they followed up on it and he got caught red handed.



  • The Thick Blue Line

    I hope he gets 10 years and 250,000 in fines.

    That would send a message.

    There is nothing worse than a corrupt officer and he should be punished to the fullest extent of the law – the law he made an oath to uphold.

    Any lesser punishment is insulting, cowardly, and evidence blindfolded justice is again taking a peek before doling out punishment.

    He is a liar. He is a thief. He is been weighed and found severely wanting.

    Anyone who defends or doesn’t care about his actions is an idiot with low morals and a correspondingly low IQ.

    He will most likely receive probation and lose his job – BIG DEAL.

    Meanwhile, citizens guilty of the same offense will continue to be sent to prison.


  • The Thick Blue Line

    Yes, I said ~cowardly~….. both the courts and the cops who support this idiot. They support him because they are on the take as well.

    So transparent.

    Cowards with firearms.

  • Wayne

    I live in Mesquite, and it is full of COWARDS, LIARS,CHEATS,MORONS,SNITCHES,and LOSERS. No surprise here, that a cop got caught…even the coaches steal here..
    Am looking forward to getting out of here..not the town I moved to 13 years ago!!

  • Lianne

    I hope he goes to prison!!! If you or I had done this we would be in the H.O.V. lane heading straight to prison!!! for 20 years not 10!!! I know people who have done less and gotten more time in prison!!! He is supposed to be the law not break it!!!

  • Linda

    it amazes me that the Feds always think that they are above the law. But I am here to tell you that they will one day answer to God!! No one will slip through the justice of the Almighty!!!

  • betty

    He should go to Prison and see what it’s really like for all the people he’s helped to go there. 10yrs isn’t enough most people get 20 yrs.for less than that! but I’m sure he’ll get off with a sliap on the hands.

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  • lana

    hey at least they DID CATCH THE GUY….

  • Jane Sartain

    Let me tell you.They are the most corrupt people I have ever met.Karma played a role in this.They will still valium to take home to their wifes.When they brought someone I knew in for valiums and less than a quarter of an ounce,they threw 30 to the sarg,but my friend said hey wheres the other 30 and my weed.He stshed it under his seat.They do drugs,and get a pass.They set up their fireman “buddies”,because they don’t feel they deserve equal pay..They steal drugs to resale,they need to be shown they are never above the law.

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