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This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

Sticky-fingered law enforcement seems to be the theme this week. Let's get to it:

In Maywood, Illinois, a Maywood police officer was charged November 24 with stealing cash from suspects after being snared in a federal sting operation. Officer Robert Welch, a tactical officer focused on suppressing gang activity, went down after the mother of an African-American youth he had stopped and frisked complained that he stole $20 from the boy. In the subsequent sting, Welch stole $240 from an undercover FBI agent he had detained as a drug suspect. He admitted ripping off other suspects, usually drug suspects, for the past six months. He is on administrative leave.

In San Antonio, Texas, two former Bexar County narcotics detectives were indicted November 24 on charges related to their work on the Bexar County Narcotics Unit. Deputy Charles Flores was indicted on five counts, including theft by a public servant $1,500 to $20,000, misapplication by a fiduciary, and aggravated perjury. Deputy Anthony Alvarado was indicted on four counts, including theft by public servant $1,500 to $20,000; misapplication by a fiduciary and abuse of official capacity. Aggravated perjury and theft by public servants are both third-degree felonies, punishable by two to 10 years in prison. The other charges are state jail felonies, punishable by up to two years in state jail.

In Los Angeles, a state narcotics agent was arrested November 16 on charges he stole money from drug suspects. California Department of Justice Bureau of Narcotics Agent Gabriel Baltodano, 35, went down in a sting in which he stole $33,000 from an undercover agent. He came under internal investigation after fellow agents were "alerted to the possibility" he was stealing cash from drug suspects. He is charged with grand theft and embezzlement and is looking at up to four years in state prison. His bail was set at $125,000.

This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

What, no crooked jail guards? How about a federal judge? We've got one this week, as well as a couple of dirty narcs, and a sticky-fingered police captain. Let's get to it:

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In Atlanta, a federal judge pleaded guilty Friday to charges he illegally possessed cocaine, marijuana, and Roxycodone. Senior US District Judge Jack Camp also admitted he gave a government-issued laptop to a stripper with whom he allegedly used the drugs. Camp went down after the stripper, who had a previous drug conviction, started snitching to the feds, and he was busted when he and the stripper bought a quantity of drugs from an undercover FBI agent. Camp has now resigned from the federal bench and is looking at up to four years in prison when he is sentenced March 4.

In Las Vegas, a former Chicago police officer was arrested Friday on federal drug and conspiracy charges. Retired Chicago cop Glenn Lewellen, 54, was indicted by a federal grand jury for using his position as a police officer to provide information about ongoing federal investigations to members of a drug dealing organization between 1999 and 2002. He is charged with racketeering conspiracy and conspiracy to distribute cocaine. Among his other exploits, Lewellen is accused of sending an innocent man to prison with perjured testimony, obtaining and distributing wholesale quantities of cocaine, and protecting a drug ring that allegedly committed at least two murders and six kidnappings.

In Baton Rouge, Louisiana, a former McComb County narcotics officer was arrested Friday on drug dealing charges. Conner McGee, also a former Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics officer until this summer, is charged with possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute. No further details are available.

In Batavia, Ohio, a former Felicity Police Department captain was sentenced Monday for confiscating Oxycontin pills during an investigation and not logging them in as evidence. Delmas Pack, 42, pleaded guilty earlier this month to one count of tampering with evidence. He got two years probation and 200 hours of community service. Prosecutors said they would agree to probation if he promised never to become a police officer again. He did.

This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

More Jail Guards Gone Wild! Plus a Georgia cop gets caught with his hand in the cookie jar, and three Maryland cops get nailed for their shenanigans. Let's get to it:

In Calhoun, Georgia, a Calhoun police officer was arrested November 10 on charges he misappropriated drug fund money. Timothy Poarch, a 10-year veteran of the department, is charged with theft by taking after an investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. He is accused of taking more than $500 intended for the purchase of evidence or information in drug cases and using it for his own personal needs. He went down after Police Chief Garry Moss noticed discrepancies in the books during an audit. Poarch has been released on $5,000 bond.

In Upper Marlboro, Maryland, three Prince Georges County police officers were indicted Monday along with six other people on extortion and conspiracy charges. Sgt. Richard Delabrer, 45, and Cpl. Chong Chin Kim, 42, were charged in connection with the transport and distribution of untaxed cigarettes and alcohol. Officer Sinisa Simic, 25, was charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess cocaine and firearms. Delabrer and Kim face up to 20 years in prison and the forfeiture of assets, while Simic is looking at a five-year mandatory minimum.

In Willacy, Texas, a guard at a privatized federal detention center was arrested Monday after agreeing in a sting operation to smuggle cocaine into the prison. Guard Christopher Gonzalez, 29, took possession of 4.4 pounds of cocaine from an undercover officer in return for $2,000 and agreed to smuggle it into the Willacy Federal Detenton Center. He now faces from five to 40 years in federal prison, but is free on bail pending trial.

In Wenatchee, Washington, a Chelan County jail guard was arrested Saturday for letting inmates party hearty. Guard Charles Storlie has so far only been charged with forgery for altering a computer record to allow an inmate to go free hours early, but he is also accused of allowing an inmate to run a meth ring from inside the jail, taking $150 payments to allow inmates to have sex with their girlfriends inside the jail, and taking $50 payments to allow inmates to possess and use their cell phones in the jail. The 15-year veteran is now on administrative leave.

In New York City, a Rikers Island jail guard was arrested last Friday for trying to smuggle drugs and tobacco in for inmates. Guard Clarence Carrier, 45, was caught with 30 Suboxone tablets and eight pouches of tobacco when he arrived at work. He is charged with drug possession, promoting prison contraband, and official misconduct. He's looking at up to nine years in prison. He is suspended without pay from his $54,000-a-year job.

This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

A sticky-fingered sheriff leads this week's list of law enforcement miscreants. Let's get to it:

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In Williamsburg, Kentucky, the Whitley County sheriff was indicted Monday on charges he stole hundreds of thousands of dollars of public funds. Sheriff Lawrence Hodge faces 18 felony counts of abuse of public trust and three felony counts of tampering with physical evidence. Most of the counts allege he took money from office accounts, but some charge that he sold or gave away guns that had been seized. He is accused of stealing around $350,000 over a seven-year period, including $100,000 he claimed was to be used in drug investigations. He faces five to 10 years in prison on most of the counts.

In Monongahela, Pennsylvania, a fired Monongahela police officer pleaded guilty Tuesday to peddling cocaine and interfering in an undercover investigation of his drug-dealing friend. George Langan, a 16-year veteran of the department, was also accused of snorting cocaine at the home of his chief's ex-wife while in uniform and carrying his weapon. He went down after a local dealer jailed on drug charges snitched him out. He will begin serving a one to two year prison sentence in January.

In Batavia, Ohio, a Felicity Police Department captain pleaded guilty Tuesday to an evidence tampering charge after being caught in a sting where he seized fake Oxycontin tablets from an undercover agent and failed to turn them in. Capt. Delmas "Gee" Pack Jr., 42, is free on his own recognizance while awaiting sentencing.  He faces up to 10 years in prison. Pack went down after years of complaints that a Felicity police officer confiscated illegal drugs, but never filed charges or turned in the drugs.

In Houston, a Harris County jail guard was arrested November 3 for trying to smuggle drugs and other contraband into the facility. Guard Henry Fairlie, 51, went down after an investigation by the Harris County Sheriff's Department. He is charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (Xanax) and introducing contraband into a penal institution.

In Brownsville, Texas, a fugitive US Customs and Border Protection officer was arrested October 31 as he crossed a bridge back into the United States. Officer Luiz Enrique Ramirez, 38, had been on the run since February 2009, two months before an indictment naming him was issued. The 13-count indictment charges him with trafficking, drug trafficking, and bribery. According to the criminal complaint, since August 2005, Ramirez allegedly conspired to bring undocumented immigrants into the country by using his official capacity as a government official for financial gain. From November 2007, Ramirez is accused of conspiring to use his official capacity to bring kilogram quantities of cocaine into the country.

Mexican Congress Reviews Operations After Troops Bribed by Drug Trafficking Organizations

Location: 
Mexico
The Mexican Army's military jurisdiction privileges are being reviewed by Cto determine the nature of several cases in which drug traffickers bribed troops and military leaders. Emeequis Magazine revealed some of the files being reviewed, showing how members of the Juarez and Sinaloa drug organizations infiltrated Mexican military intelligence, particularly the Anti-drug Information Center (AIC). In addition, transcripts of several phone calls involving active and former military personnel show how they worked as an information network that would alert drug traffickers regarding possible military operations against them.
Publication/Source: 
Channel 6 News (NY)
URL: 
http://channel6newsonline.com/2010/11/mexican-congress-reviews-operations-after-troops-bribed-by-drug-cartels/

This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

Cops shouldn't mess with meth, narcs shouldn't deal dope, and prison guards shouldn't smuggle contraband. We already knew that, but some law enforcement officers are finding out the hard way. Let's get to it:

If we can't keep drugs out of the prisons, how can we keep them out of the country?
In Roanoke, Virginia, a former Pulaski and Radford police officer was sentenced Monday to six years in federal prison for peddling methamphetamine from his marked patrol car. Christopher Bond, 33, smoked meth with dealers in his patrol car and while wearing his uniform and gun, prosecutors said. Bond said he developed a meth habit, but objected to being called a drug dealer. He said he only sold meth three or four times. Bond went down after one of his dealers got busted and snitched him out.

In Wailuku, Hawaii, a former Maui police officer was sentenced Friday to a year in jail for crimes associated with her months-long campaign to deceive her coworkers that she was suffering from cancer when she was actually strung out on methamphetamine. Among them were forgery and stealing dope from the evidence room. Fellow police officers donated paid leave and cash to former officer Allison Moore, who forged doctors' notes saying she was undergoing cancer treatment. She pleaded no contest to seven counts of second-degree forgery, three counts of second-degree theft and seven misdemeanor charges of tampering with evidence from police vice evidence lockers. The prosecution reduced an attempted first-degree theft charge to second-degree theft and dismissed seven counts of third-degree promotion of a dangerous drug and one charge of prohibited fixing of tickets. She must also pay restitution.

In Leesville, Louisiana, a Leesville narcotics officer was arrested October 27 by FBI agents and charged with one felony count of distribution of a controlled substance while in possession of a firearm. Narcotics Investigator Charlie Lopez was arrested while on duty at the Leesville Police Station. FBI agents also served two search warrants for offices at the police station. No further information is available.

In Gilroy, California, a state prison guard was arrested October 27 in a sting in which he allegedly agreed to smuggle drugs and cell phones into the prison in exchange for cash. Guard Sergio Noguera, 38, was arrested after showing up for a meeting in Gilroy with undercover detectives pretending to be interested in smuggling contraband into Salinas Valley State Prison in Soledod, where Noguera worked. He agreed to smuggle in an ounce of meth, an ounce of heroin, three ounces of pot, and four cell phones in return for $2,500. Noguera had been under suspicion since April, when an inmate reported he was bringing in drugs and phones. At last report, he was being held on $130,000 bond on various drug counts.

Nine Oregon Police Officers Accused of Illegally Campaigning Against Measure 74

Location: 
OR
United States
Law enforcement officials are alleged to have violated Oregon Revised Statute 260.432, which excludes public officials from promoting or opposing any measure or candidate as part of their official duties.
Publication/Source: 
The Mail Tribune (OR)
URL: 
http://www.mailtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20101031/NEWS/10310334

This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

A Kentucky sheriff gets caught with his hand in the cookie jar, a Texas deputy gets busted for protecting a drug dealer, two Southern California cops get nailed for doing robberies disguised as drug busts, and a small-town Wisconsin cop lets her crack habit get the best of her. Let's get to it:

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In Carlisle, Kentucky, the Nicholas County sheriff was indicted October 18 for stealing $43,000 in cash from the department's drug asset forfeiture account. Sheriff Leonard "Dick" Garnett was indicted by a Nicholas County grand jury on charges of unlawful taking of more than $300 and abuse of public trust of more than $10,000. He is also accused of spending more than $10,000 in federal asset forfeiture funds for his own personal use. Garnett, who used some of the money to make car payments on a vehicle not owned by the county and some to buy exercise equipment, went down after a state auditor checked the county's books. He is out of jail and running unopposed for reelection as sheriff next week.

In Houston, a Harris County sheriff's deputy was arrested Monday for allegedly accepting bribes to access confidential law enforcement data bases and providing protection for an ecstasy dealer. Deputy George Wesley Ellington, 38, is accused of twice receiving $500 for accessing the data bases and providing protection for a person he believed to be possessing and transporting ecstasy. He is looking at up to 20 years of prison on the two counts.

In Los Angeles, two former Southern California police officers were convicted Wednesday of participating in a robbery ring that disguised home invasions as drug raids. Brothers William and Joseph Ferguson, the former an ex-LAPD officer and the latter an ex-Long Beach officer, were convicted of various charges, including conspiracy to deprive people of their rights under color of law and conspiracy to possess marijuana and cocaine. William Ferguson was convicted on 13 counts and acquitted on five more, while his brother was convicted on three counts. They were part of a ring that conducted about 40 robberies from 1999 to 2001 in which members would steal cash and drugs, then sell the drugs on the street. Fifteen people have pleaded guilty in the investigation, including the gang's ringleader, former LAPD officer Ruben Palomares, who worked with William Ferguson at the scandal-plagued Rampart Division until both were fired in 2003.

In Madison, Wisconsin, a former Platteville police officer pleaded guilty October 20 to maintaining a drug house. Michelle Salentine, 29, was arrested in April over allegations she was using drugs while in uniform and again in October as she and her brother sat and argued in a parked car. In that bust, police found heroin, cocaine, marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and a kit to defeat drug tests. Salentine admitted being strung out on crack and allowing about a pound of cocaine to be stored at her home. She's looking at up to 20 years in federal prison.

This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

Crookedness in the Wayne County, Michigan, court system; endemic corruption in Camden; a tweaker cop in Iowa; and another pair of jail guards go bad. Let's get to it:

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In Detroit, a retired Wayne County judge, a retired Wayne County drug prosecutor, and two former Inkster police officers were ordered last week to stand trial on felony charges related to a perjury-tainted 2005 cocaine trial. Retired Judge Mary Waterstone, former Wayne County drug prosecutor Karen Plants, and former Inkster police officers Robert McArthur and Scott Rechtzigel are accused of conspiring to hide the role of a secret paid informant in a 47-kilo cocaine bust. Waterstone faces four felony counts of official misconduct, Plants is charged with conspiracy, McArthur is charged with conspiracy, perjury, and misconduct in office, and Rechtzigel is charged with perjury and conspiracy. Waterstone is accused of privately agreeing with prosecutors to hide the identity of the informant and allowing the informant and the two police officers to lie on the stand about the nature of their relationship.

In Camden, New Jersey, two Camden police officers were charged October 13 with falsifying evidence in drug cases in an ongoing scandal that has caused prosecutors to drop more than 200 criminal cases. Officers Antonio Figueroa, 34, and Robert Bayard, 32, were members of a special operations unit assigned to crack down on open-air drug markets, but five unit members became drug traffickers themselves. They are accused of stealing from some suspects, planting drugs on others, threatening to plant drugs to coerce cooperation, paying informants with drugs, keeping drugs for their own use, conducting illegal searches, giving false testimony and filing false reports between 2007 and last year. Three other officers have already been charged in the year-long investigation. Figueroa and Bayard had been on suspension for the past year. Figueroa faces eight charges and Bayard five. For both, the most serious is conspiracy to violate the civil rights of a citizen, punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

In Des Moines, Iowa, a former Pleasant Hill police officer was sentenced last Friday to three years' probation for stealing methamphetamine from the department evidence room and crashing his police SUV while tweaking. Former officer Dan Edwards had pleaded guilty to DUI, illegal drug possession, and third-degree burglary. Edwards went down after the April crash, when a state trooper reported finding meth on him. Edwards' attorney said he suffered post traumatic stress disorder after tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq and this his wife and infant son had been killed in a car crash years earlier.

In Pensacola, Florida, a former Escambia County Road Prison corrections officer was found guilty last Thursday of providing Xanax to a prisoner in exchange for oral sex. Lawrence Vieitez was convicted on charges of delivery of a controlled substance, introducing contraband into a county detention facility and solicitation to commit prostitution. He went down after an inmate complained about his advances. The inmate was then wired, and a deputy was able to listen in as Vieitez offered to procure Xanax in exchange for oral sex. Vieitez then left to obtain the Xanax and was arrested when he gave it to the inmate. He's looking at up to 20 years in prison.

In Paterson, New Jersey, a former Passaic County corrections officer was sentenced last Friday to five years in state prison for smuggling heroin and homemade weapons into the Passaic County Jail. Former guard Marvin Thompson, 41, has no chance at early parole. During trial, prosecutors argued that Thompson smuggled the contraband into the jail with the intention of "discovering" it so he would look like a hero. He was then a provisional employee and hoped to win a permanent post. But an inmate working with Thompson snitched him out, and when he reported finding 10 packets of heroin, he was arrested. He was convicted of second degree official misconduct, possession of heroin, and filing false police reports.

Mexico’s Plague of Police Corruption

Location: 
Mexico
Despite millions in U.S. aid, forces continue to be outgunned, overwhelmed — and often purchased outright — by drug prohibition gangsters. Many in Mexico consider the American investment little help so far against the bloody tide wrought by drug prohibition gangs. Mexico's top federal policeman, Genaro Garcia Luna, has estimated gangsters pass out some $100 million each month to local and state cops on the take.
Publication/Source: 
The Houston Chronicle (TX)
URL: 
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/world/7251246.html

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