Newsbrief: This Week's Corrupt Cops Story 8/20/04

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Just because the Chronicle takes a week off doesn't mean that law enforcement drug war corruption does. Sometimes it's banal, as in the cases of Karen Scarborough and Stephen Bennett, the two Rapides Parish, Louisiana, sheriff's deputies arrested and fired for cooking meth and drug possession or Buffalo, New York, police officer Ronnie Funderburk, who is facing felony charges for advising his drug dealing brother-in-law how to avoid arrest. ("Don't wear no ball caps. Don't wear no jewelry. Wear your seat belt," Funderburk advised in a taped conversation. "I tell a lot of people, you got to be incognito. In other words, you can't look like the typical stereotype.")

And sometimes it's just downright sleazy, as appears to be the case with Reginald Cheney, head of the Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) Cleveland office since 2001. Cheney has been placed on limited duty since last week because of allegations he took advantage of his position -- not to enrich himself, but to score chicks.

Federal authorities told the Plain Dealer Cheney is accused of using a law enforcement database to look up information on women, including license plate numbers. Cheney was put on limited duty after the DEA received a formal complaint from an unidentified woman, the officials said.

The law enforcement databases are a treasure trove of information, including driver's license photos, license plate numbers, and other information vital to investigations and surveillance -- or tracking down hot babes DEA dudes spot on the freeway.

According to the Plain Dealer, after hearing about the Cheney accusations, one Cleveland federal official lectured his agents about abusing the computer system. DEA spokesmen in Columbus and Washington, DC, confirmed that an investigation of Cheney is underway. It is unclear whether charges will be filed or the matter will be handled internally, the paper added.

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