Newsbrief: This Week's Corrupt Cops Story 9/24/04

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A US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer in Washington state is in the slammer after getting caught coming back from Canada with 535 pounds of the dreaded "BC bud" in the back of his van, the Seattle Times reported. CBP Officer Corey Whitfield, 35, whose job it is to prevent drug smuggling, was stopped at the border at Blaine, Washington, on September 13 while driving a van with BC plates into the US.

The eight-year CBP veteran presented a diplomatic passport when asked for ID, saying, "I'm one of us," and claimed to be carrying an engine back to the US. But when a suspicious CBP officer looked in the back of the van, he found it contained not only the engine but hundreds of pounds of high-dollar marijuana in plastic bags stuffed into cabinets, according to charging documents filed in the case.

Whitfield at first denied knowing the marijuana was in the van, but then changed his story, saying he had been blackmailed by a man he met at a party on the Canadian side of the border while moonlighting as a security guard. Whitfield told agents he was forced into the smuggling scheme when the man showed him photos of himself in "compromising situations involving illegal drugs and a sexual encounter with a female at the party" and threatened to send them to his wife.

Whitfield now faces a minimum five-year federal prison sentence. Moral of the story: If you're a married border patrolman who likes toking on fatties and doing the nasty with little cuties, make sure the cameras are turned off first.


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