A former New Orleans police officer was charged Friday in federal court with attempting to sell cocaine, according to court documents.
Jason Cross tried to sell the drug Jan. 10 and was charged with one count of violating the federal Controlled Substances Act, according to a bill of information filed Friday.
When a defendant is charged with a bill, instead of an indictment, that usually indicates he is cooperating with prosecutors.
Court documents did not specify where the alleged crime happened.
Cross resigned from the Police Department Friday, spokeswoman Remi Braden said.
Cross is scheduled to be arraigned Nov. 13.
Cross joined the NOPD in March 2007, Braden said.
He was most recently assigned to the 7th District, which patrols a portion of Gentilly and all of New Orleans East.
Braden said the NOPD’s Public Integrity Bureau worked with the FBI and U.S. Attorney’s Office on the investigation.
Cross’ attorney did not respond Monday to a request for comment.