A Metropolitan Police Department officer faces a money laundering conspiracy charge stemming from the purchase and financing of two cars and a motorcycle with money that allegedly came from a drug conspiracy.
A Washington grand jury indicted 49-year-old Stephanie Ellison Thursday, prosecutors said. Ellison, an MPD officer since 1986, was arrested Friday and pleaded not guilty during a court appearance.
In 2011 and 2012, Ellison conspired to purchase a Maserati, a BMW and a Harley Davidson motorcycle with drug proceeds in order to conceal the money, prosecutors said.
If convicted, Ellison faces up to 20 years in prison.
A police department spokeswoman did not immediately return an email message requesting comment Friday. Ellison's lawyer did not return a telephone call Friday.
Ellison is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of court proceedings.