Is it a full moon or what?
Drug-related law enforcement corruption cases were reported at epidemic
levels this week, with offenses ranging from the trivial to the murderous.
In rank order from least to most heinous, this week's winners include:
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Floyd County, Kentucky, prison
guard Allen Ray Jr. was fired this week and charged with smuggling methamphetamines
to a jail inmate in packs of cigarettes. According to the Louisville
Courier-Journal, jail authorities were investigating Ray for cigarette
smuggling when an inmate overdosed on meth, and other inmates pointed the
finger at inmate Keith Woods, the man to whom Ray was giving cigarette
packs. Ray has admitted delivering cigarettes threw times to Woods,
but claims he did not know the packs contained the drug. At this
point, Ray is charged only with misdemeanor "trafficking with an inmate"
for the cigarette smuggling. He faces up to one year in jail.
He is out on bail awaiting a November 12 pretrial conference.
Mississippi Department of Correction
probation officer Kathy McDougle, 33, was indicted by a federal grand jury
September 22 on federal drug and conspiracy charges, the Jackson Clarion-Ledger
reported. She was arrested two days later. The indictment charges
McDouble with one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine, three counts
of using a communications device to commit conspiracy, and one count of
extortion. The indictment alleges that McDouble passed along information
she gained as a probation officer to a member of a local drug trafficking
organization, who in turn passed it on to a cocaine supplier. The
precise nature of that information is unclear. McDougle is also charged
with overlooking probation violations for a fee and for helping a parolee
with his illegal drug business. She is out on bond awaiting a December
6 trial date.
Former Houston police officer
Gilberto Zertuche, 43, was sentenced to 20 years in prison Monday after
pleading guilty to providing protection for drug dealers while in uniform.
The 18-year veteran of the Houston Police Department was arrested in February
as he stood watch over a dope deal where a kilo of cocaine and a hundred
pounds of pot changed hands, the Houston Chronicle reported. Zertuche
was not a buyer or seller, but helped facilitate the transaction by weighing
drugs and counting money, as well as by his armed, uniformed presence.
He was paid $5,000 for his efforts. Now he gets 20 years.
New York City police detective
Luis Nieves-Diaz was fired August 27 after being found guilty in a departmental
trial of having ripped off drug couriers in the mid-1990s. His firing
is the latest reverberation from a broader departmental scandal that has
already sent two former NYPD officers to prison (http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/316/thisweek.shtml).
Nieves-Diaz went down for helping former NYPD officer Julio Vasquez do
a strong-arm robbery on a drug courier in 1995. Nieves-Diaz pocketed
$65-70,000 for his part in the theft, the New York Times reported.
He is not charged with a crime because the statute of limitation has run
out, but being fired will cost him a pension worth about one million dollars
over the next 20 years.
Four Immigration and Customs
Enforcement (ICE) agents are on the hot seat not for old-fashioned financial
corruption, but for morally corrupt practices surrounding their supervision
of an informant known only as "Lalo," according to an ongoing investigation
by the Dallas Morning News. This is a case we have noted before (http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/347/many.shtml),
but the sheer ugliness of the new revelations is worth noting. "Lalo,"
a key henchman in the Juarez cartel, played a central role in the murders
of at least 12 people, including at least one US citizen, by the cartel
even as he was being "supervised" by his ICE handlers. In a September
21 story, the Morning News cited an internal ICE document written by agency
investigators looking into the mess. ICE had formerly described "Lalo"
as a witness to the murders, but the new document makes clear that he played
a key role, dispensing advice about the means of murder, hiring grave diggers,
and informing his bosses in the cartel, and sometimes in ICE, when the
dirty deeds had been done. And on the ICE payroll the whole time.
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