Supervisor at DEA is charged in theft

October 06, 1990

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A Maryland resident who is a supervisor at the Drug Enforcement Administration's headquarters in Washington has been indicted on charges that he stole money from a convicted narcotics trafficker in Los Angeles.

Eddie B. Hill, 49, of Upper Marlboro was charged Thursday with embezzling $1,780 from John Missas Lopez.

Mr. Hill supervised 15 agents in Los Angeles who investigated Colombian and Mexican cocaine dealers before he transferred to Washington in August 1988.

According to the indictment, Lopez was convicted of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.

Cash that had been seized from Lopez was introduced as evidence at his trial. The cash was later transferred to Mr. Hill by the U.S. attorney's office, according to the indictment.

From jail in 1988, Lopez filed a motion to obtain the cash.

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