Pennsylvania police chief faces cocaine, Adderall distribution charges

A Pennsylvania police chief accused of helping to distribute cocaine, methamphetamine and other narcotics faces 20 years in prison, federal prosecutors announced Wednesday.

If convicted, Greensburg, Pennsylvania, police chief Shawn Denning, 41, also faces a $1 million fine. Denning faces six total counts of drug distribution related charges and prosecutors said the crimes occurred during a 16-month period, from June 2021 to October. 2022.

Greensburg Mayor Robert Bell told USA TODAY Wednesday that Denning “was no longer with” the city in light of the charges. Greensburg is a town of about 15,000 residents in western Pennsylvania. Its police department has 27 officers.

Probable cause affidavit reveals details

Drug Enforcement Administration investigators said they used an informant to collect evidence against Denning. The informant had prior convictions and faced potential federal drug charges in an unrelated investigation and cooperated with the DEA in hopes of receiving a more lenient sentence, according to the affidavit.