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Oakland Narcotics Officer Under Investigation

A veteran Oakland narcotics investigator is on paid leave while investigators check allegations he pocketed money

seized during drug arrests.

The officer was placed on leave Tuesday.

He will remain off duty until an internal investigation is

complete. Oakland police refused to release details of the case.

Police information Officer George Phillips said the department is looking into the allegations but said a formal charge is premature.

The officer, whose name is not being used because he hasn´t been charged, has led numerous drug raids during more than 20 years on the force. His work has led to the confiscation of millions of dollars, arsenals of weapons and truckloads of drugs.

The officer played a key role in the drug-related arrest last summer of Benjamin Moore. You´ll recall it was Moore who owned the pit bulls which savagely attacked little Shawn Jones in Richmond.