Former Portsmouth police officer charged with five felonies

Mark Deluca (Photo courtesy: Portsmouth Police)

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – A former Portsmouth police officer is charged with five felonies related to his work in the department.

According to court documents, 26-year-old Mark Anthony Deluca, Jr. came up with “Operation Feel Good.” However, his bosses were not aware of it, at the time.

Documents note Deluca took it upon himself to take down a drug dealer, but his sting operation was a complete bust. As a result, Deluca is charged with one count of forgery, uttering a forged public record and three counts of perjury. The charges stem from an incident on November 11, 2015.

Investigators say he lied to a magistrate judge in November to secure a search warrant for a home on Merrimac Drive in Portsmouth.  During that search, police found 140 capsules of heroin, leading to the arrest of a convicted felon. However, documents show Deluca gave conflicting stories about what happened, resulting in dropped charges against the convicted felon.

The former officer turned himself in to police in June but bonded out, and has since resigned. Deluca states he did not consider this an operation, he named it “Operation Feel Good” just for fun. Deluca did say if he could go back in time he would have gone through the proper channels — and done it the right way.

10 On Your Side has reached out Deluca’s attorney for comment.

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