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A cop was accused of helping run a drug ring. Why the case fell apart the day of his trial remains a mystery

Under pressure to reveal why they suddenly dropped charges against a former Schaumburg, Ill., police officer accused of stealing and dealing drugs, DuPage County prosecutors told a defense attorney they would share the information privately, the lawyer said.

Publicly, the state's attorney's office has remained tight-lipped about why the case against ex-cop John Cichy fell apart last week on the day he was to go to trial, despite evidence that they'd said included surveillance footage of him stealing $20,000 of planted cash from a storage locker.

Now attorneys for two other ex-officers who pleaded guilty in the scheme - and are serving long prison sentences -

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