Newsbrief: This Week's Corrupt Cop Story 1/3/03

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It won't be a happy new year until 2020 for former Abbeville, LA, police officer Calvin Broussard, Jr. On December 19, a federal judge sentenced him to 17 1/2 years in prison for his role in a crack cocaine ring extending from Houston to New Orleans. According to court testimony, Broussard delivered drugs for the ring and supplied information to help it avoid capture.

Calling his behavior "a betrayal" and "extremely heinous" the judge sentenced Broussard to the maximum applicable sentence. She was noticeably gentler with codefendant Brian "Big Louisiana" Landry, whom she freed after he had served almost two years in jail. In an emotional hearing, Landry convinced the judge that his criminal behavior was the result of drug addiction. Maybe the fact that, as Landry's lawyer, Frank Dawkins of Lafayette, told the judge, Landry "gave the government considerable information about other crimes" had something to do with it as well.

In any case, Landry's sister was happy with the decision. The Advocate (Baton Rouge) reported that the sister, Kay Turner of Abbeville, shouted "Hallelujah Jesus! Hallelujah!" and started speaking in tongues in the courtroom.

The Advocate did not report on whether Broussard had been involved in drug enforcement.

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