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This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

There seem to be some problems with drug task force leadership in Mississippi, and a Michigan cop gets in trouble for treating the forfeiture shed as his own personal pawn shop. Let's get to it:

In Eastpointe, Michigan, a former detective was charged November 16 with stealing tires, slot machines, watches, and other items from the Eastpointe Police forfeiture shed for drugs and money. The as yet unnamed former officer is charged with misconduct in office and embezzlement. The former cop allegedly gave the items to a confidential informant to sell.

In Oxford, Mississippi, the former head of the Lafayette County Metro Narcotics Unit was arrested last Monday on charges he was "doctor shopping" for prescription pain pills. Searn Lynch was still head of the unit until he was arrested, then he was fired. He is accused of getting prescriptions from at least 17 different doctors. Lynch joined the department in 1999 and served as head of the narcotics unit for several years. He allegedly received one hydrocodone prescription in 2005; when arrested, he had 15 different prescriptions for hydrocodone and two more for oxycodone. He has been released on a $5,000 bond.

In Pascagoula, Mississippi, the former Jackson County Narcotics Task Force commander was indicted last Friday for a shooting at the task force's Pascagoula office. Sgt. Jackie Trussell, the former task force commander, got himself into criminal trouble when he shot a round from his gun into the office floor at the feet of another agent who had threatened to poke him with a hypodermic needle. Trussell said he was afraid of needles. The other agent suffered a minor wound to his shin when a bullet fragment hit it. The shooting incident led several local jurisdictions to withdraw from the task force. Trussell is charged with misdemeanor simple assault and is looking at up to six months in jail. He has been released on a $1,000 bond.

This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

We have a trio of corrupt cops this week, including a former sheriff and a former police chief. Let's get to it:

In Rockingham, North Carolina, a former Rockingham police chief was indicted last Tuesday on charges he stole thousands of dollars in seized drug money. Robert Vorhees, a 21-year veteran, had resigned in February, citing medical reasons, but city officials said they discovered "significant irregularities" in financial records and a checking account at a local bank where Vorhees apparently deposited money. He has now been indicted on charges he embezzled more than $38,000.

In Mecklenburg, Virginia, a former Halifax County sheriff was indicted last Tuesday on charges he stole sheriff's office funds, including monies intended for drug interdiction. Former Sheriff Stanley Noblin faces 21 forgery and embezzlement charges. Search warrants issued in the case indicated that up to $113,180.50 in funds was missing from the sheriff’s office. The allegations against Noblin were first aired by former Sheriff Jeff Oakes, who lost a bitter 2007 election to him.

In Pine City, Minnesota, a Pine County sheriff's deputy was arrested last Friday on charges he stole narcotic pain pills on multiple occasions. Deputy Justin Stoddard is accused of taking pain pills from a Pine City home in October when he stopped by to warn residents about narcotics thieves purportedly casing the neighborhood. He is also accused of taking oxycodone from a residence while investigating a custody dispute a month earlier. He faces seven criminal counts, including theft of a controlled substances and official misconduct.

This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

A tweaked out former Oklahoma police chief cops a plea, a Mississippi cop admits to running interference for supposed drug traffickers, and a Louisiana narc goes to prison for stealing guns and money. Let's get to it:

In Jackson, Mississippi, a former Jackson police officer pleaded guilty last Wednesday to charges he accepted bribes to protect drug shipments. Anthony Payne is one of three officers charged in the case; the other two have already pleaded guilty. They made the fatal error of mistaking an FBI undercover agent for a drug dealer and fell for his sting. Payne pleaded guilty to one count of bribery and faces up to 10 years in prison when sentenced in January.

In Valley Brook, Oklahoma, the former Valley Brook police chief pleaded guilty last Friday to meth possession. Former Chief Melvin Fisher Jr. was arrested in September 2011 when police found cocaine and marijuana in his car during a traffic stop. He was originally charged with drug trafficking, possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute cocaine, possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, but ended up copping to the single count of meth possession. He was given a 10-year suspended sentence.

In Baton Rouge, Louisiana, a former Baton Rouge narcotics officer was sentenced last Friday to two years in state prison for stealing three shotguns and more than $27,000 in cash that was to be used as evidence in drug cases. Michael Thompson, 29, must also repay the stolen cash. He copped to one count of felony theft for repeated thefts between September 2010 and April 2011.The thefts were discovered when an upcoming narcotics case was being prepared for trial and investigators noticed money to be used as evidence was missing. Thompson was the narcotics officer assigned to that case. Prosecutors said some drug cases have had to be dismissed because the evidence was missing. Thompson said he was strung out on pain pills when he committed the thefts.

This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

Week after week, the beat goes on. Here's the latest on the bad cop front. Let's get to it:

In Baltimore, a Baltimore police detective was arrested last Thursday on charges he lied on a search warrant application to gain entry to a residence and then tried to obstruct an internal affairs investigation. Detective Adam Lewellen, 30, "willfully and falsely made an oath to a District Court judge that falsely described an alleged controlled buy by a confidential informant and an investigation into a suspect" in order to obtain a search-and-seizure warrant for the home in March. That raid resulted in illegal weapons charges against the home owner, but those charges have had to be dropped.

In Baker, Louisiana, a former Baker probation officer was arrested last Thursday allegedly accepting a $200 bribe from a former city employee who had to take a drug test because of an accident. Peron McCastle, 50, was responsible for administering mandatory drug screens to city employees involved in traffic accidents while driving city vehicles. In August, 2010, a city employee backed a vehicle into a pole and had to take a drug test. McCastle reported that the test was negative, but then told the employee he had actually failed the test and he wanted $200 to record the negative test result.

In Memphis, a former Memphis police officer was sentenced last Wednesday to four years in federal prison after getting entangled in an FBI drug sting. Michael Sinnock purchased 20 pain pills and two pounds of marijuana from an informant, and tried in vain to argue they were for his sick wife, not for distribution. He also escorted the informant as he trafficked duffel bags supposedly filled with 200 pounds of marijuana. Sinnock, 37, copped to attempting to possess hydrocodone with intent to distribute.

In Springfield, Massachusetts, a former Holyoke police officer was sentenced last Thursday to 2 ½ years in state prison for dealing cocaine. Paul Barkyoumb had pleaded guilty to three counts of cocaine distribution. Barkyoumb was a narcotics detective when he was arrested in June 2011 after selling coke to a cooperating witness.

This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

Cops, including a pair of former police chiefs, have been getting arrested on drug-related charges all over the place this past week and, of course, a jail guard, too. Let's get to it:

In Opelika, Alabama, a Lee County jail guard was arrested last Tuesday for allegedly smuggling marijuana into the jail. Dequinn Cortez Wright, 30, is charged with unlawful distribution of a controlled substance (marijuana) and second-degree promoting prison contraband. Wright went down after "some suspicions developed" that he was bringing contraband into the jail. After a two-month investigation, Wright was charged. He is now a former Lee County jail guard.

In Chandler, Oklahoma, a Gary, Indiana, police officer was arrested last Tuesday after she and her boyfriend were caught with 48 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop. Patrolman Marla Guye, 29, and her partner consented to a search of their vehicle, and troopers found the weed packed inside a suitcase. Guye failed to show up at a court hearing Monday after being granted bail earlier, so she is now considered a fugitive.

In Waveland, Mississippi, a University of Mississippi Medical Center police officer was arrested last Tuesday on drug charges. Joshua Poyadou, 27, is charged with transfer of a controlled substance after he was observed participating in a prescription pill transaction in a parking lot in Waveland, where he had formerly served as a police officer.

In Flomaton, Alabama, the former Flomaton police chief and an officer were arrested Monday on charges that suggest they were dipping into the evidence. Former Chief Daniel Thompson and Officer Joseph Neal were arrested following an investigation by the Alabama Bureau of Investigation. Thompson was charged with three counts of possession of a controlled substance, three counts of second degree theft of property, tampering with physical evidence and an ethics violation. Neal was charged with third degree burglary, tampering with physical evidence, obstructing governmental operations and ethics violations. He was booked and released on a $30,000 bond, while Thompson remains behind bars. Thompson was promoted to chief in March after then Chief Geoffrey McGraw was arrested on kidnapping charges across the state line Florida. Thompson resigned in August as the ABI investigation got underway.

In Chicago, a former North Chicago police chief was arrested Tuesday and charged with stealing more than $140,000 that had been seized in drug arrests. Former Chief Michael Newsome, 51, was accused of using the money to buy a new car and do home repairs on his kitchen, among other personal expenditures. He is charged with one count of ongoing theft and a separate count of theft for withdrawing money from a department account to pay for his children's school, as well as official misconduct and misapplication of funds. Newsome had resigned in February in the midst of an uproar over police brutality, and the mayor then directed Newsome's successor to review all internal police policies. During his review, he discovered questionable withdrawals from the department's asset forfeiture fund.

In Chicago, a former Chicago police officer was sentenced last Friday to 18 months in federal prison for shaking down drug dealers. Kallatt Mohammed, 47, pleaded guilty earlier this year to stealing $5,200 in cash that he believed belonged to a drug dealer. But the man he took the bagful of money from last November was an FBI informant. Mohammed told the court he had only acted under the direction of his sergeant, Ronald Watts, who Mohammed said wouldn't give him leave to visit his children in Ohio unless he went along with the scheme. Watts, who continues to deny orchestrating the scheme, has yet to stand trial.

This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

Small town police chiefs gone wild! Junkie cop sells stolen police guns to dealer! More crooked cops go down in stings! Let's get to it:

In Pennington Gap, Virginia, the Pennington Gap police chief was arrested last Thursday on charges related to the illegal distribution of prescription drugs. Chief William Young, 41, was arrested at the Lee County courthouse by ATF agents. A federal court affidavit links him and three others to a drug store burglary in Pennington Gap in which 5,400 oxycodone pills were stolen. Other court documents claim Young was using and selling pain pills and hanging out with known drug sellers. He had been under investigation by the Virginia State Police since March. Police executing search warrants the night of Young's arrest found prescription drugs in his cruiser. He has been charged with possession of a firearm by a user of controlled substances, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense, and possession of a Schedule II drug (Percocet) with intent to distribute.

In Jackson, Mississippi, two former Jackson police officers pleaded guilty last Wednesday to accepting bribes from an FBI undercover agent. In doing so, former Patrol Officers Monyette Quintel Jefferson, 27, and Terence Dale Jenkins, 25, admitted protecting what they thought were drug deals, but what was really an FBI sting. They agreed to protect a supposed 100-kilo shipment of cocaine and took payments of $5,000 to do so. They will be sentenced in January and are looking at up to 10 years in federal prison.

In New York City, a former NYPD officer was sentenced last Monday to 15 ½ years in prison for stealing guns from his fellow officers to sell to a drug dealer. Nicholas Mina, 31, copped to stealing four 9mm pistols from the 9th Precinct in the East Village and selling them to his drug dealer to pay off a debt. He also sold his own pistol. Mina went down after the dealer then resold the guns -- to undercover cops with the NYPD Firearms Investigation Unit in Queens. He was then caught red-handed sneaking into the officers' lockers one night in July.

In Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the former Wagner police chief was sentenced last Friday to 120 days community service for trying to hide his girlfriend's methamphetamine use by stashing her syringes in his office. James Chaney had pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of failure to report a crime. If he doesn't complete his community service, he's looking at a 180-day jail sentence, which has been suspended. He resigned from his post in August.

This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

A St. Louis cop is headed for federal prison for re-selling seized pot, a Camden cop is heading there, too, for running amok in the drug war, a Miami cop awaits sentencing for transporting what he thought was cocaine, and a Baltimore jail guard gets popped for smuggling weed and psychedelics into the jail. Let's get to it:

In Baltimore, a Baltimore jail guard was arrested last Friday on charges he was smuggling drugs into Central Booking. Guard Michael McCain, 44, was indicted on eight drug counts, including possession with intent to distribute marijuana and 5-methoxy-diisopropyltryptamine, better known as "Foxy Methoxy," a psychedelic.

In Miami, a Miami-Dade police officer was convicted last Wednesday of helping to transport shipments of what he thought was cocaine on behalf of a man he believed was a South Beach club manager, but who instead turned out to be an undercover FBI agent. Officer Daniel Mack was convicted of conspiracy to possess and distribute multiple kilos of cocaine and using a firearm in the commission of a crime. He is looking at 15-to-life when he is sentenced in December. Mack was convicted along with two other men of transporting 19 kilos of what they thought was cocaine from Miami Beach to Aventura. They were paid $25,000 for their efforts. Mack had been suspended without pay pending trial; he will now be fired.

In Camden, New Jersey, a former Camden police officer was sentenced last Wednesday to 20 months in federal prison for stealing money during drug raids, illegally searching homes, planting evidence, and lying in court. He copped to conspiracy and deprivation of civil rights. Kevin Parry, 32, was one of four Camden police officers arrested on corruption charges in 2010. He got a reduced sentence because he testified in the trial of one of the others. Two of the others also pleaded guilty and are now doing time, while a third awaits sentencing. Camden County prosecutors dropped the charges in 210 cases in which the quartet was involved.

In St. Louis, a former St. Louis police officer was sentenced Monday to five years in federal prison for seizing marijuana, then working with his brother to sell it on the streets. Larry Davis, 46, was a supervisory agent for a unit doing drug investigations, and he admitted seizing packages containing marijuana from delivery businesses, then selling the weed. His brother also got federal prison time, but only a year.

This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

Some Michigan narcs were up to no good, a New Mexico probation officer gets caught carrying pounds of weed, a New York City prison guard gets caught peddling pot and placebos (!) to prisoners, and a Florida cop gets caught stealing weed to use as probable cause for a search warrant. Just another week in the drug war. Let's get to it:

In Eastpointe, Michigan, one Eastpointe officer has resigned and another faces a departmental hearing amidst allegations that they mishandled drugs used in investigations and sold seized items on Craigslist. The two as yet unidentified officers were both members of the department's drug enforcement unit. They are accused of using drugs for street buys without properly logging and accounting for them. They are also accused of selling seized items, including chrome wheels and flat-screen TVs on Craigslist, possibly in exchange for drugs. The case has been turned over to the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office, where a decision on any potential criminal charges is not expected until next week at the earliest.

In Alamogordo, New Mexico, a state juvenile probation officer was arrested September 26 at a US Customs and Border Protection checkpoint with 9.7 pounds of marijuana in his vehicle. Saul Velasco, 37, is charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana. Velasco was on duty and driving a state vehicle when arrested. There were 10 bundles of weed in his car, for which he allegedly paid $2,500 to a man he met at a restaurant near El Paso, Texas. He was scheduled for a preliminary hiring last Friday, but we have no word on how that went.

In New York City, a Rikers Island prison guard was arrested last Thursday on charged he took bribes and provided marijuana and placebo drugs to inmates. Lashar Williams, 38, a 13-year Department of Corrections veteran, went down after the department heard that he brought $200 worth of weed into the Anna M. Kross Center on Rikers in March. He was then found to have provided one inmate with two suboxone strips for $100 and, on a separate occasion that same month, having provided another inmate with what was supposed to be $700 worth of Oxycontin, but was actually placebos. He has now been indicted on 27 counts, including bribe receiving in the third degree, promoting prison contraband in the first degree, criminal possession and sale of a controlled substance in the fifth degree and receiving reward for official misconduct in the second degree. He has now been suspended with pay.

In Pensacola, Florida, a former Crestview police officer was arrested last Friday for stealing marijuana from a SWAT locker and using it to falsely establish probable cause for a search warrant. Timothy White, 26, falsely claimed the pot came from a local residence and used that claim to secure a search warrant. That warrant was not executed, but White was charged with one count of fabricating evidence and booked into the Okaloosa County Jail.

This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

A former Pennsyvlania prosecutor gets caught peddling pot, and a TSA agent and an Alabama cop head to prison for taking bribes from drug dealers. Let's get to it:

In Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, a former Centre County assistant DA was arraigned Tuesday on charges he distributed marijuana. Former Assistant DA Steve Sloane faces seven felony counts after he got caught accepting Fedex packages from California that contained drugs. Sloane has admitted he had been addicted to Oxycontin and also admitted receiving several packages containing hydrocodone pills and marijuana from an old friend in California. Sloane denied selling pot to anyone, but police interviewed several witnesses who said they bought from him. He is currently free on a $100,000 bond.

In Birmingham, Alabama, a former Jasper police officer was sentenced last Wednesday to 15 months in federal prison for accepting a bribe from a drug dealer. Scottie Wilkins, 30, had borrowed money from the dealer, who was on probation, then paid him back by selling him drugs out of the evidence room. He also took a bribe from the dealer to help him out with a probation matter.

In New Haven, Connecticut, a former TSA officer was sentenced Tuesday to six years and four months in federal prison for accepting bribes to allow prescription pain pills to travel unimpeded through airport security. Jonathan Best, 31, had pleaded guilty in April to conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute oxycodone. Best admitted accepting cash from a drug dealer to allow oxycodone pills through airport security and agreed last year to travel to Connecticut to help the trafficker launder drug proceeds. Two other former TSA officers, a former New York police officer and an ex-Florida state trooper have also pleaded guilty in the case.

This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

It's been a fairly quiet week on the corrupt cop front, but we've still got some Missouri jail guards in trouble, a Houston cop accused of helping to peddle Ecstasy, and a Baltimore cop who did heroin deals in the police station parking lot. Let's get to it:

In Nevada, Missouri, two former Vernon County jailers were charged last Wednesday  with delivery or possession of marijuana at the county jail. Former guards Colby Prough, 39, and James Tumm, 23, face felony marijuana distribution charges, as do one inmate and one civilian.

In Houston, a Harris County sheriff's deputy was arrested last Thursday on charges he assisted others who were selling Ecstasy in the area. Jesus Martinez, 30, now faces federal Ecstasy conspiracy charges and is looking at up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine. The five-year veteran was fired last Friday.

In Baltimore, a Baltimore police officer was sentenced last Wednesday to 20 years in federal prison for trafficking in heroin. Daniel Redd, 40, admitted in his plea agreement to meeting with a co-conspirator to score 40 grams of smack while on duty in one incident and to distributing 200 grams of heroin to another co-conspirator in a police station parking lot while on the job and in uniform.

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