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A sticky-fingered Pennsylvania police chief pilfers pot, a trio of Texas cops gets caught running interference for traffickers, and yet another jail guard sells dope to inmates. Just another week of police corruption courtesy of the war on drugs. Let's get to it.

In Austin, Pennsylvania, police chief Shawn Foringer, 26, resigned Tuesday after being suspended from his job a day earlier and charged with stealing two pounds of seized marijuana from the department and falsely reporting it stolen, the Associated Press reported. According to the criminal complaint, Foringer had reported to state police last week that the weed was stolen in a burglary, but state police determined that the burglary never occurred. As of Tuesday, Foringer was sitting in the Potter County Jail under $50,000 bail.

In McAllen, Texas, three former Rio Grande Valley City police officers were indicted Monday on charges they took money to escort loads of smuggled drugs through the small border town, the AP reported. Victor Benitez, 33, Eddie Alvarez, 30, of Sullivan City, and Melissa Martinez, 30, of Roma, each face charges of conspiring to possess narcotics with intent to distribute and of using their official positions to protect vehicles loaded with narcotics in exchange for money. All three were arrested Tuesday morning. This looks like another case of a sting directed at cops. According to prosecutors, between September 2003 and May 2004, all three accepted bribes of between $500 and $1,500 to protect "what they believed to be drug loads." They face up to 60 years in prison if convicted on all charges.

In St. Martinville, Louisiana, a St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Office jailer was charged Monday with distribution of marijuana and official malfeasance for allegedly selling marijuana to jail inmates. Tamika Alexander, 21, of Breaux Bridge, had been a jailer for less than a year. She is in jail on a $50,000 bond.

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