44 Ohio Cops Charged with Drug-Corruption 1/30/98

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In yet another instance of Prohibition's corrupting influence on societal institutions, 44 police officers from five separate agencies were charged last week with taking payoffs to protect cocaine-trafficking operations in Cleveland and northern Ohio. The officers allegedly made themselves available to be rented out as escorts and private security for federal agents who were posing as major drug dealers. The feds came upon the ring in the midst of a 2 1/2 year federal investigation into organized crime in Ohio. An FBI affidavit quotes one of the arrested officers as saying "we're the toughest gang on the street. That's how we look at it."

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