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This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 22:12

A state prison guard, a small town cop, and an Arkansas prosecutor's investigator all go down. Let's get to it:

[image:1 align:left]In Little Rock, Arkansas, an investigator for the Arkansas County Prosecutor's Office was arrested December 19 on charges he used informants he supervised to commit illegal acts for his benefit. Charles David Chastain allegedly directed his informants to steal guns and an ATV for his personal use, as well as using them to purchase a stolen truck from a known drug trafficker. When the FBI raided his home, they found the guns, the ATV, and the truck, along with an eighth-ounce of methamphetamine. It's not clear what the formal criminal charges are.

In Bella Vista, Arkansas, a Bella Vista police officer was arrested Tuesday for snatching pills from the evidence room. Officer Clayton Roberts, 36, went down after coworkers noticed that photos of pills seized during arrests did not match the pills found in the evidence room. Roberts was apparently taking prescription opioids and replacing them with diuretics and other drugs. He is charged with suspicion of tampering with physical evidence and controlled substances.

In Dover, Delaware, a state prison guard was sentenced last Thursday to 30 months in federal prison for smuggling drugs and cell phones into the J.T Vaughan Correctional Center. Paul Hursey had admitted to smuggling in at least 130 golf ball-sized packages of heroin to the prison, as well as more than 30 cell phones. In return, he made about $2,300. It's not clear what charges he actual pleaded to.

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This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 22:01

A Tennessee deputy goes down for bribing a drug dealer and then trying to kill him, a former South Carolina narcotics commander gets nailed for stealing money from the department, and more. Let's get to it:

[image:1 align:left]In Port Everglades, Florida, a Broward County sheriff's deputy was arrested Monday for alleged involvement with a drug trafficking organization. Deputy Albury Burrows, 47, was one of 15 people arrested in a DEA bust of the organization. He faces 10 counts, including racketeering, tampering with evidence, owning a place for the purpose of trafficking drugs, and using a two-way communication device to facilitate a felony. Authorities said Burrows helped one of the traffickers "by advising him on law-enforcement tactics, as part of ongoing efforts to avoid detection and prosecution for crimes committed in furtherance of the unlawful enterprise." This isn't Burrows' first arrest on the job. In 2010, detectives arrested him for allegedly stealing $1,200 from a marijuana grow house, but he beat that rap.

In Greenwood, South Carolina, a former Greenwood County narcotics officer pleaded guilty last Wednesday to misconduct in office for stealing money from the county's drug enforcement unit for personal use. Brandon Richard Strickland was the former commander of the Greenwood County Sheriff's Office narcotics division, but stole something less than $10,000 from the department over a six-month period in 2015. Strickland was then sentenced to one year in prison, with all but one day suspended.

In Memphis, a former Shelby County sheriff's deputy was convicted last Thursday of taking money from a drug dealer and trying to have a witness killed. Jeremy Drewery was convicted of taking a bribe from a drug dealer to let him go free, but the drug dealer then went to the FBI, which recorded the pair's interactions, including the delivery of a cash bribe. After Drewery was arrested, he then tried to get an informant to find out how to kill the drug dealer. Drewery was convicted of a federal charge of solicitation to tamper with a witness, one count of Hobbs Act extortion and one count of receipt of a bribe by a government agent.

In Chicago, a former Chicago police officer was sentenced last Wednesday to five years in prison for leaking details of an undercover drug investigation to a friend who was a target of the probe. Ronald T. Coleman, an 18-year veteran of the force, had been convicted of obstruction of justice after warning his friend to move drugs from a house to avoid a looming raid.

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This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 03:31

An NYPD counterterrorism officer gets caught trying to smuggle smack, a Virginia cop gets nailed for downloading dirty photos from a drug suspect's phone, a Homeland Security officer heads to prison after getting caught taking bribes from a Cali cartel capo, and more.

[image:1 align:left]In New York City, an NYPD counterterrorism officer was arrested last Thursday on charges he tried to bring three kilos of heroin into the city from New Jersey. Officer Reynaldo Lopez went down after meeting with an undercover officer to bring in what he thought was heroin to the Bronx. He is charged with attempted narcotics trafficking, as well as access device fraud for an unrelated counterfeit credit card operation.

In Colonial Heights, Virginia, a former Colonial Heights police officer was arrested last Friday for pilfering explicit photos from the phone of a drug suspect. Bryan Glinn Drake, 30, went down after the man who owned the phone noticed activity on his iCloud account while police had his phone and he was incarcerated. He went to the police about it, and investigators found that Drake had downloaded explicit photos of a woman from the phone. Drake now faces three counts each of misdemeanor embezzlement and obstruction of justice.

In Terre Haute, Indiana, a federal prison guard was arrested Monday on charges he took bribes, including prescription pills, to allow inmates to leave the prison grounds, have sex on the grounds with unauthorized visitors, and brought contraband into the prison. Leon Perry III, 41, is charged with conspiracy for an officer to permit escape, conspiracy to bribe public officials, officer permitting escape, public official accepting a bribe and providing contraband in a prison.

In Miami, a former Homeland Security Investigations agent pleaded guilty last Thursday to accepting cash, prostitutes, restaurant meals, and a hotel room from a Colombian drug lord in return for making his name vanish from a federal cocaine trafficking indictment. Christopher Ciccione, 52, helped Cali cartel boss Jose Bayron Piedrahita escape an indictment by deploying a web of lies to convince prosecutors to dismiss Piedrahita from a massive indictment for cocaine trafficking. Ciccione copped to conspiring to commit fraud and obstruction of justice. Under the terms of the plea agreement, he's looking at five years in prison when sentenced in February.

In Toms River, New Jersey, an Ocean County sheriff's officer was sentenced last Thursday to three years in prison for stealing cocaine that was supposed to be used to train drug-sniffing dogs. John C. Adams, a 16-year veteran, had been the commander of the canine unit when he was charged with stealing more than a kilo of cocaine and using it himself. In a plea bargain, he copped to one count of official misconduct and one count of theft.

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This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 22:57

A North Carolina cop's case of sticky fingers gets him in trouble, a former Seattle cop pleads to participating in a major marijuana smuggling ring, and more. Let's get to it:

[image:1 align:right]In Greenville, North Carolina, a Greenville police officer was arrested last Tuesday for allegedly stealing $60 from a car he searched. Officer Alec Smith, 23, had been called to a motel to investigate "potential drug activity," and received consent to search a room and the vehicle. No drugs were found, but later that night, the subject of the search called police to report the missing money. Police said a review of body cam footage led them to Smith, who is charged with misdemeanor larceny.

In Prince George, Virginia, a Prince George County probationary jail guard was arrested last Thursday for allegedly bringing drugs into the jail. Guard Allison Meadows went down after surveillance videos aroused suspicion and, when questioned by supervisors, she produced three grams of heroin from her pants pocket. She has been charged with delivery of narcotics to a prisoner and possession of narcotics with intent to sell or distribute.

In Marcy, New York, a state prison guard was arrested Saturday and accused of trying to bring drugs into the jail. Ryan Santos, 27, is charged with attempted promoting prison contraband. He's currently out on bail, and authorities are still pondering whether more charges will be filed.

In Seattle, a former Seattle police officer pleaded guilty Monday to participating in an operation that smuggled hundreds of pounds of marijuana from Washington state to Baltimore. Alex Chapackdee, 44, copped to receiving $10,000 a month to keep an eye on his partner's marijuana grow houses, as well as escorting loads while armed with his police service weapon. He pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute marijuana and one count of conspiracy to launder money. He's looking at a mandatory minimum five-year federal prison sentence, but faces up to 40 years. Sentencing is set for March 1.

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Chronicle AM: Canada MJ Bill Passes House, HI Cops Want MedMJ Patients' Guns, More... (11/28/17)

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 21:57

In a national first, Honolulu cops are proactively targeting medical marijuana patients to demand they turn in any firearms, Canada marijuana legalization takes a big step forward, Philadelphia begins paying out for its dirty, corrupt narcs, and more.

[image:1 align:left]Medical Marijuana

Honolulu Police Tell Medical Marijuana Patients to Surrender Their Guns. The Honolulu Police Department has sent letters to medical marijuana patients in the area ordering them to "voluntarily surrender" their firearms because they use marijuana. The letters give patients 30 days to give their guns and ammo to the Honolulu Police. While federal law prohibits acknowledged marijuana users from owning firearms, this is believed to be the first instance of local law enforcement proactively seeking out patients and ordering them to surrender their weapons.

Indiana Governor Orders Stores to Pull CBD Oil From Shelves. Gov. Eric Holcomb (R) has given stores 60 days to remove CBD cannabis oil products from their shelves after state Attorney General Curtis Hill (R) delivered an opinion that such substances are illegal under state and federal law. The only exception is for people with epilepsy who are on a state registry.

Law Enforcement

Philadelphia Begins Paying Out for Narcotics Agents' Misconduct. The city of Philadelphia has begun settling more than 300 lawsuits filed against members of a narcotics squad accused of a pattern of rampant misconduct lasting years. The city has already paid more than $2 million to settle 75 cases after courts began throwing out convictions in tainted cases three years ago. The city could pay up to an additional $8 million to resolve pending complaints. Five of the six officers involved were found not guilty of criminal charges last year, but that hasn't stopped the settlements from occurring.

International

Canada House of Commons Approves Marijuana Legalization Bill. The House of Commons voted 200 to 82 Monday night to approve the Liberal government's marijuana legalization bill, C-45. The bill now goes to the Senate, where opponents could try to derail it. Stay tuned.

British Parliament Drug Policy Group Calls for Safe Injection Sites. The Drugs, Alcohol and Justice Cross-Party Parliamentary Group has issued a report calling for the establishment of drug consumption rooms. The report charges that existing prohibitionist policies are failing communities and society's most vulnerable and suggests that London could learn a lesson from Dublin and Glasgow, where such facilities have been approved.

The Duterte Cancer Spreads to Malaysia. Malaysian Member of Parliament Bung Moktar Radin has embraced Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte's murderous crackdown on drug users and sellers and urged his own country to emulate it. "I am very serious about this. Just shoot them, like they do in the Philippines," he said, praising the Philippines approach. "Why can't we do this? Jail addicts without trial and shoot dealers. What is the problem (in doing this)?"

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