Law Enforcement: This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories 5/5/06

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Another week, another batch of the seemingly endless supply of cops corrupted by the drug war. More soldiers cop pleas in a border smuggling sting, family ties bring down a records clerk and a former detective, and yet another prison guard gets busted for his entrepreneurial efforts. Let's get to it:

In Oklahoma City, two US Army soldiers stationed at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, pleaded guilty to trying to accept bribes for transporting cocaine in uniform. Kevin Thomas, 26, and Terry Henderson, 24, each pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to accept a bribe in federal court April 25. They were among 13 soldiers charged in an undercover FBI sting operation in which the soldiers agreed to transport cocaine for "traffickers" who were really FBI agents. Each of the soldiers transported at least one 40 kilo load of cocaine from Wichita, Texas, to Oklahoma City while wearing their uniforms to fend off potential police searches, for which they were paid between $2,000 and $8,000. Six others have already been sentenced to between 17 months and five years in prison in the case, while one other soldier has also pleaded guilty and is awaiting sentencing.

In Murray, Kentucky, a former Murray Police detective and his son were arrested on various drug charges Saturday. Garnett Alexander, 56, a 20-year veteran of the force who retired in 1997, was charged with trafficking opiates, trafficking amphetamine, two counts of trafficking cocaine, firearm-enhanced possession of a controlled substance , firearm-enhanced possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a prescription controlled substance not in original container, according to arrest records. The bust went down after Alexander's son Wesley was pulled over last Friday night and arrested on charges of trafficking cocaine, opiates, and methamphetamines. The elder Alexander then called Calloway County Sheriff Larry Roberts that the cash and drugs found in the vehicle were his, not his son's. A search of the Alexander home followed, in which drugs, guns, and paraphernalia were found, and Alexander was then arrested.

In Asbury Park, New Jersey, a senior records clerk at the Passaic County Sheriff's Department was arrested Sunday on charges she tipped off her son that he was being investigated for drug dealing. Bonnie Fairfax, 47, is charged with official misconduct and faces up to 10 years in prison if found guilty. She was arrested the same day as her son, Karl Fairfax, 27, and another man, who both face charges of conspiracy to distribute narcotics. She was also fired from her $50,000 a year job.

In Honolulu, a federal grand jury indicted a guard at the Federal Detention Center there on drug charges April 27. Federal corrections officer Akoni Sandoval Kapihe is accused of conspiring with inmates to smuggle marijuana and methamphetamine concealed in packages into the jail. He allegedly conspired with the wife of one inmate to pass the drugs on to her husband sometime before September 2005. Kapihe is free on bail and awaits a preliminary hearing, according to KHON-TV.

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Issue #434 -- 5/5/06

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