Troy Police Officer Brian Gross was indicted on a host of charges related to allegations he tipped off drug dealers ahead of a raid.
Gross, a 10-year veteran, stands formally charged with the felony of tampering with physical evidence, two counts of obstruction of governmental administration, divulging an eavesdropping warrant and obstruction of governmental administration.
Gross was part of C-NET, a drug investigation unit headed up by the State Police that includes local law enforcement. The unit spent months investigating five drug houses in Troy, and while every indication was the Feb. 12 raid should have yielded a huge confiscation of illegal drugs police walked away with nothing.
Sources confirmed that Gross had a close personal relationship with a sister of one of the targets. Prior to the raid, Gross alerted the sister to the raid and told her to warn her brother. The sister, who has not yet been charged or named, works in the Child Protective Services division of the Rensselaer County Department of Social Services. T-Spin is withholding her name.
Since nothing came of the investigation or the raid the brother was not charged.
Gross was suspended without pay for 30 days but as per the union contract his pay was returned while he remains on suspension.
The first Obstruction of Justice charge is from the middle of January, according to the complaint, when Gross texted the sister and requested they meet. The sister told State Police investigators that Gross told her that her brother has to “’watch (his) back’ because (he) is doing something that had come to the attention of the State Police.”
According to phone records cited in the complaint, on Feb. 10, Gross texted the sister again and she told State Police Investigator Dennis Churns that Gross told her that “there better not be any drugs inside the home of (her brother) because ‘there was a good chance the police would get a warrant.’"
The sister then said she went to her brother’s home and told him that if “he is doing anything he needed to ‘cut the shit’ and get any drugs out of his house.”
Prior to the revelation of the friendship between Gross and the target’s sister, his arrest had many in the TPD scratching their heads and crying foul on his behalf. By all accounts he was an exemplary cop with an unblemished professional and personal record.
Gross is represented by attorney Steve Coffey. The office of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is prosecuting.