Drug Conviction May Be Overturned Due To Tulsa Police Corruption Case

Wednesday, July 21st 2010, 9:58 am
By: News On 6


TULSA, OK -- Another drug conviction may be overturned in the Tulsa Police corruption case. Assistant District Attorney Doug Drummond has filed a motion to overturn the drug trafficking conviction and prison sentence of Taito Parra Nishimoto, 25.

The case was reviewed in court Wednesday and has been continued to next week.

Nishimoto was arrested in December of 2007 after officers served a search warrant and said they found three large bags of methamphetamine on top of the freezer in his apartment.

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"The affiant for the search warrant was Tulsa police officer J.J. Gray," Drummond said in a motion filed July 15. In June, Drummond said the U.S. Attorney Office was informed that Gray lied under oath about making an undercover drug buy in Nishimoto's apartment.

Gray now says he bought drugs from Nishimoto but not in the apartment as he testified in order to get the search warrant, Drummond said.

Nishimoto pled guilty in a plea bargaining agreement and was sentenced to 15 years on the trafficking charge.

Read The Court Filing On Nishimoto