This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

A major police drug corruption bust in the Atlanta metro area, an Alabama deputy keeps the goodies he got doing drug buys, and an Ohio officer cops to helping launder money for a pot ring. Let's get to it:

In Atlanta, 10 current and former metro area police officers were arrested Tuesday in a federal sting operation targeting cops who would run interference for presumed drug traffickers. Those arrested include one Atlanta police officer, two current and two former DeKalb County police officers, two Forest Park police sergeants, a MARTA police officer, a Stone Mountain police officer, and a contract Federal Protective Services officer. The officers charged are alleged to have taken thousands of dollars in pay-offs. They have been charged with crimes including assisting with drug trafficking, receiving illegal payments and using firearms during the commission of a crime.

In Greensboro, Alabama, a former Hale County deputy was indicted last Friday on charges he kept drugs recovered during investigations. Darrell McGuire, 37, faces 16 counts of second-degree theft of property. McGuire went down after his boss, the sheriff, realized that he had given McGuire money for drug buys, but the purchases hadn't shown up in the evidence room. The missing drugs include marijuana, cocaine, and crack cocaine. McGuire has posted $80,000 bond. He's looking at up to 10 years in state prison.

In Cincinnati, a North College Hill police officer pleaded guilty last Thursday to helping a marijuana-smuggling operation launder money. Bryan Roos, 43, had been charged with money laundering, illegally structuring financial transactions, and conspiring to bring hundreds of pounds of pot from Texas to Ohio, but copped to a single count of illegal structuring. The pot operation began in 2006, when another of the 11 people indicted in the scheme, began receiving shipments hidden in the gas tanks of vehicles at a local auto business. He and Roos, 43, would operate used-car businesses to launder illegal drug proceeds. No date for sentencing has been set yet.

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 “This has been going

 

“This has been going on for forty years. These corruptions are emerging all over the country. It’s not systemic to a police department, per se, but it is systemic to the War on Drugs in the context that the federal government is basically corrupting local government with their funds and the helter-skelter way of putting these task forces together and diverting local police from their basic public safety duties to the priorities of the federal government in terms of the War on Drugs.” 

—Former Deputy Chief Stephen Downing, a 20-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department.

 

According to Paul Craig Roberts, a former editor of the Wall Street Journal and former assistant secretary to the treasury under Ronald Reagan, "Police in the US now rival criminals, and exceed terrorists as the greatest threat to the American public."

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Those Atlanta Cops just can`t get enough . Every 6 months there is another scandal . It usually involves drugs . The greater Metro Atlanta Area is awash in " illegal " drugs . As well as prescription drugs . Kathryn Johnston , Red Dog Unit , Fulton County Jail and now this . They must be working on a greatest hits album .

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