WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - A former West Palm Beach police officer is scheduled to make his first court appearance Tuesday on charges of selling a controlled substance while on duty and in uniform.
According to information provided by the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida, Dewitt McDonald was working with the West Palm Beach police while operating two businesses: Prime Performance Wellness Centers, Inc., located in Lake Worth, and Prime Health and Rejuvenation Clinic, located in Wellington.
McDonald is accused of unlawfully distributing anabolic steroids and other prescription drugs through his businesses while employed with the West Palm Beach Police Department.
Information provided to investigators further alleges that on March 5, 2013, while on duty and carrying his Smith & Wesson MP40 pistol, McDonald made a delivery of the drugs to someone in Palm Beach County.
McDonald has since been fired by the police department. The City of West Palm Beach released the following statement: "The case involving former officer McDonald first came to the attention of the city and it was the city that then handed it to federal investigators. We were fully aware of the upcoming arrest, and have worked with federal investigators since we originally handed them the case. McDonald was fired seven months ago."