Complaint Details Reasons for Police Detective Dailey's Arrest
By Timothy Perry
October 3, 2015 - 12:02 AM
MOUNT VERNON - A criminal complaint, which was filed in U.S. District Court on Wednesday and obtained by MVOhio.net News, details the actions which led to the Thursday arrest of Mount Vernon Police Detective Matthew Dailey.
The complaint lists two confidential informants, one from the Mount Vernon area, a second from Columbus, who bought and sold marijuana and controlled substances to and from Dailey.
Informant one, of Mount Vernon, told agents with the FBI that Dailey approached him around September 5 of this year and asked if he would be interested in selling drugs provided by Dailey. The two would split the profits. The informant said that he felt that he could not say "no" to Dailey due to his position as a police officer.
During their nearly month-long arrangement, Dailey allegedly provided the informant with 3/4 pounds of marijuana, 1/2 pound of marijuana trimmings, 17 grams of bath salts (which he may have thought were methamphetamine), 14 grams of methamphetamine, and 18 ecstasy pills.
According to the complaint, the two met a total of four times during the month. Their first meeting was at an unknown location when Dailey initially approached the informant. Their second meeting took place in the parking lot of Tractor Supply Company in Mount Vernon and they later drove to an old barn at an undisclosed location. Dailey later used this barn as a place where the informant would pick up the illegal substances. Their third meeting was at an elementary school. Their fourth meeting was at an undisclosed location. According to the informant, they never met at the same location because Dailey said that he knew how 'his boys' work and did not want to be seen with the informant.
The informant allegedly made a number of recordings of their meetings on his cell phone. A portion of one meeting is below:
Dailey: The one thing I learned from you guys, is you don't keep all you eggs in one fucking spot.
Informant: Damn Straight
Dailey: That's one thing I did learn in this game, doing this shit you guys is, nobody keeps, smart ones, don't keep their stuff in their fucking house.
Another conversation allegedly went as follows:
Dailey: Each time, I'll go to a different spot
Dailey: I've paid attention to how you guys have done it.
Dailey also allegedly gave the informant other tips, such as information on what shift the best narcotics officers worked and advised the informant to not have drugs in his car during those times. He also advised the informant that, if he should be caught, to advise the officer that he worked for Dailey. He offered to call the informant if his location was about to be raided. Dailey told the informant that he did not need to worry about being caught because drug investigations were run through him and there was an unofficial agreement between the Sheriff's Office and the Mount Vernon Police Department to let one another know about investigations.
Dailey allegedly met with the informant both on and off duty, while armed, and occasionally in his department-provided vehicle, a blue Nissan SUV.
The second informant, a dealer out of Columbus, allegedly sold Dailey 30-50 Oxycodone pills 5-6 days per week for the past seven to eight months. It is estimated that he sold Dailey over 6,000 pills during that time (that number is calculated using the lower number of 30 pills per day).
Daily would call or send a text message to that informant, then pick up the pills, usually during the morning hours.
Dailey allegedly met the informant through pill users from whom Dailey had previously been purchasing the pills. Dailey told the informant that he was not a police officer and when the informant asked what he did, said that he worked installing home security systems. To prove that he was not a police officer, the informant said Dailey swallowed eight Oxycodone pills.
Dailey allegedly tried to sell the second informant approximately one ounce of methamphetamine, one half pound of marijuana, and one ounce of cocaine, all of which the informant refused for various reasons. Dailey also asked the informant if he could buy Suboxone, heroine, cocaine, and marijuana from him.
A criminal complaint is not a finding of guilt. The person named in the complaint is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.
The detective is charged with extortion under color of official right, conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute Oxycodone, a Schedule II controlled Substance, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a qualifying felony.
The 19 year veteran detective was placed on administrative leave on September 18 and was arrested by the FBI on Thursday and his home was raided as part of the investigation.
According to Dailey's LinkedIn profile, he is the sergeant in charge of detectives and is also a SWAT officer.
The Federal Drug Enforcement Administration and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation assisted the FBI in their investigation.
The full criminal complaint can be found at the bottom of this article.