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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A former South Florida police officer faces federal charges for allegedly selling prescription drugs while on duty.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said Friday that Dewitt McDonald of Wellington faces one felony count of carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime. McDonald is scheduled to make his first court appearance Tuesday in Fort Lauderdale federal court. He faces up to life in prison if convicted.

The Palm Beach Post reports that McDonald served 18 years with the West Palm Beach Police Department before he was fired in August. Police Chief Vincent Demasi said McDonald showed a "pattern and practice of willfully disregarding" department policies.

West Palm Beach city spokesman Eliot Cohen says local officials have cooperated with the federal investigation.

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