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IMPD officer, Marion Co. sheriff's son among three charged in narcotics investigation

IMPD Ofc. Nikolas Layton, son of Marion County Sheriff John Layton, and two others were arrested after a months-long investigation into the dealing of narcotics.

Charges have been filed against former Indianapolis Metro Police Officer Nikolas Layton, Veronica Purdy, and Christopher Reed for their alleged involvement in a conspiracy to deal narcotics.

Layton, 35, a 10-year veteran officer with IMPD, Reed, 33, and Purdy, 41, were arrested on preliminary charges earlier this week including suspicion of dealing cocaine, conspiracy to deal cocaine, dealing in a controlled substance and possession of cocaine.

Layton submitted his resignation from the force the day after his arrest.

Layton has been officially charged with Dealing in Cocaine (Level 5 Felony), Possession of Cocaine (Level 6 Felony), Conspiracy to Commit Dealing in Cocaine (Level 4 Felony) and Conspiracy to Commit Dealing in a Narcotic Drug (Level 4 Felony).

Veronica Purdy has been charged with Dealing in Cocaine (Level 4 Felony), Possession of Cocaine (Level 6 Felony), Conspiracy to Commit Dealing in Cocaine (Level 4 Felony), Dealing in a Narcotic Drug (Level 4 Felony), Possession of a Narcotic Drug (Level 6 Felony), and Conspiracy to Commit Dealing in a Narcotic Drug (Level 4 Felony).

Christopher Reed is charged with Conspiracy to Commit Dealing in Cocaine (Level 4 Felony), Dealing in Cocaine (Level 5 Felony), two counts of Dealing in Cocaine (Level 4 Felonies), and three counts of Possession of Cocaine (Level 6 Felonies).

A special prosecutor has been requested for the cases due to Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry's professional and personal relationship with Sheriff John Layton, the father of Nikolas Layton. After a special prosecutor has been appointed by the court, all public inquiries regarding the case should be directed to the appointed special prosecutor or court. 

Sheriff Layton told WTHR in a written statement, "This is obviously a heart-breaking moment as a parent, especially as a parent who is also the Sheriff, and even more as the father of a police officer. I have never tolerated this kind of alleged behavior in law enforcement. I have full faith in the criminal justice system, and I feel certain that justice will be done."

Sources tell Eyewitness News the case involving Nikolas Layton started as an FBI investigation, but once agents discovered Layton was an officer, it was handed over to IMPD. IMPD's Special Investigations Unit initiated the narcotics investigation in November 2015.

There is no indication Layton dealt drugs while on duty.

The three arrested Tuesday allegedly participated in distributing narcotics over a period of several days. 

Layton worked in IMPD's Hit & Run Investigation Unit. He was suspended immediately without pay by Chief Troy Riggs, who was set to recommend Layton's termination to the Merit Board before Layton resigned Wednesday.