01/31/2013 03:52 pm ET

Schaumburg Cops Resign: Three Officers Were Accused Of Running Drug Ring From Seized Items

Three undercover officers in the Schaumburg Police Department have resigned after being charged with drug conspiracy charges.

A village official confirmed the resignation of Terrance O'Brien, Matthew Hudak and John Cichy to the Daily Herald Wednesday. O'Brien was a 23-year veteran of the force.

In a court appearance Thursday, a judge drastically lowered bail for all three men, who originally were being held on $750,000 cash bonds apiece. Cichy's bond was lowered to $250,000, O'Brien's to $300,000 and Hudak's to $350,000, WGN reports.

The trio had been on administrative leave since their Jan. 16 arrests in DuPage County where they were accused of stealing illegal drugs and money from seizures by not reporting the full inventory, then selling the rest to drug dealers.

"The fact that these three individuals are no longer members of the Schaumburg Police Department is good news for our residents and for the honest, law abiding officers that are working in our community every day," Village Manager Ken Fritz said in a statement, according to NBC Chicago.

Cases handled by the disgraced officers are being examined in the wake of their charges. The Tribune reports a total of seven cases connected to the three officers have been dismissed this week after being reviewed by the Cook County state's attorney's office. Overall, the Tribune says prosecutors expect 15 cases to be dropped.

After officials learned the three men were allegedly pinching cocaine and marijuana from busts, Schaumburg officials said the investigation into the activities won't stop with their resignation. The Sun-Times reports officials plan to “gather as much information as possible about the actions of these former police officers,” according to Fritz.



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