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A Chicago police officer is accused of helping frame a northwest suburban man's estranged wife for drug and gun possession.
Officer Slowamir Plewa, who worked in the Grand Central District, and his friend, Bogdan Mazur, both appeared in bond court Tuesday before Cook County Judge Adam Bourgeois Jr., who ordered each held on $250,000.
Mazur conspired with Plewa in a plot to put cocaine, marijuana and a gun inside his wife's car, then report her to police, according to the charges.
Mazur, 48, was in a car with his children in April 2007 when he called his estranged wife, saying the car wouldn't start and he would need her to pick up their kids, court documents said. But unbeknownst to her, a bag containing a .22 caliber blue steel pistol, cocaine and marijuana was stashed inside her vehicle's spare tire compartment, prosecutors claim.
While his wife was on her way to meet him, Mazur called Plewa, who was with other officers at the time, according to prosecutors.
When she arrived, Plewa stopped her vehicle and asked for permission to search it. She gave permission, a search was conducted and the officers recovered the plastic bag containing the drugs and gun, court records show.
Testing by the Illinois State Police revealed there was 44.5 grams of cocaine and 62 grams of cannabis in the vehicle. The woman was arrested, processed and held in custody on narcotics and weapons charges, the documents said. She eventually went to trial, where she was found not guilty.
Plewa lied and said an anonymous individual "walked in to the police station and provided information that led to the stop and arrest of the victim," prosecutors allege.
He allegedly lied to police, a grand jury and during the victim's criminal trial, prosecutors said in the documents.
Mazur told police after the arrest that he had become "increasingly upset with (the) victim, and some of her financial spending choices and disagreed with some of her parenting decisions."
He also said he and a co-conspirator, unnamed in Tuesday's court proceedings, agreed to equally split proceeds from a corporation owned by Mazur and his wife after she was arrested and presumably convicted and sent to prison.
The uncharged co-conspirator also was to help Mazur with his immigration problems. Mazur is a Polish citizen living in the United States illegally, the documents said.
Plewa and Mazur were introduced by a mutual friend in early 2007. Phone records showed numerous contacts prior to the April 1, 2007, arrest, the documents said. However, the officer's attorney said Mazur was one of Plewa's confidential informants and the two never had a social relationship.
The document said Plewa had been a Chicago police officer for nearly seven years and, until last month, was assigned to the Grand Central District on the northwest side.
Plewa has been relieved of his duties pending the investigation, the department said in a statement released Tuesday.
"Our internal investigation revelead that the actions of this officer violated the public's trust and the integrity of the Department and will not be tolerated," Deputy Superintendent Peter Bust said. "The actions of this officer does not represent the vast majority of honorable, hard working police officers who risk their lives everyday."
Plewa is charged with official misconduct, perjury, obstructing justice, unlawful restraint and false reporting. Mazur is charged with conspiracy to commit possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, conspiracy to commit possession of cannabis with intent to deliver, conspiracy to commit aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, obstructing justice and false reporting. Bond was set at $250,000 each.

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