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Law Enforcement: This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

Submitted by Phillip Smith on (Issue #502)
Drug War Issues

Not just your usual weekly batch of law enforcement miscreants, although we do have the mandatory crooked jail guard or two. Let's get to it in chronological order this week:

In Galveston, Texas, a Port of Galveston police officer was arrested September 12 for financing the drug habits of prostitutes and driving them to crack houses to score. Officer James Roland Chapman, 53, now faces three prostitution counts. He faces up to two years in jail and the loss of his peace officer's license if convicted.

In Gunnison, Utah, a Sanpete County sheriff's deputy was arrested September 12 for stealing drugs from the evidence room for his own use. Deputy John Earl Stevens, 28, has allegedly admitted to using cocaine and methamphetamine. The admissions came after a search of his home found a meth pipe, burned tinfoil used in smoking it, and several "empty sealed evidence bags." Stevens is a drug dog handler and was assigned to a central Utah drug task force. He also allegedly admitted stealing drug samples used to train drug dogs. He is now charged with suspicion of drug possession and evidence tampering. He is on administrative leave and out on $1,500 bail.

In Slidell, Louisiana, a former Slidell police officer turned himself in on drug charges September 13 after evading authorities for a day. Former officer Alan Roy, 42, is charged with possession with intent to distribute Schedule III narcotics, possession of Schedule II narcotics, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Authorities said a mid-August work incident aroused suspicions about Roy, leading to an August 20 search of his house that turned up 10 ampules and 170 tablets of anabolic steroids, more than half a gram of methamphetamine, and more than 100 hypodermic syringes. Roy resigned from the force four days later. He had agreed to turn himself in on September 12, but failed to show up until the following day. He faces up to five years in prison.

In Worthington, Kentucky, a Worthington police officer was arrested September 13 on drug trafficking charges. Sgt. Thomas Bradley was arrested by agents of the Fivco Area Drug Enforcement Task Force and was charged with trafficking in a controlled substance. He was last reported being held at the Greenup County Detention Center on $15,000 bail.

In Eddyville, Kentucky, a state prison guard was arrested September 14 for smuggling drugs to inmates. Kentucky State Penitentiary guard Timothy Short, 29, went down after co-workers said they saw him give marijuana to a prisoner. He was arrested by state troopers and is charged with bribery of a public servant, which is punishable by up to five years in prison, and promoting contraband.

In Schenectady, New York, a former Schenectady police officer was sent to prison for stealing and selling drugs from the department evidence room. At his September 15 sentencing, former officer Jeffrey Curtis got four years for drug possession, one-to-three for tampering with evidence, and one year probation. Curtis pleaded guilty and admitted stealing and selling drugs, but said he had been stressed out and should have been the target of an intervention, not an investigation.

In Toledo, Ohio, a guard was arrested September 16 for sneaking drugs into the Lucas County jail. Lucas County corrections officer Edward Drane, 43, went down after jail officials used an inmate to set him up. No word yet on charges or what drugs were involved.

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Sat, 09/22/2007 - 3:25am Permalink
Anonymous (not verified)

Does anyone out there have any stories involving the KCSD involving illegal search and arrests? Does anyone out there know anything about the KCSD being investigated for corruption and abuse of authority?

Sun, 09/23/2007 - 11:21pm Permalink
April Muniz (not verified)

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Kern County Sheriff's Department deputies saying that I give a statement that that I did not. deputies were able to be investigating officer and acomplain witness and the deputy was able to stay in the courtroom and listen to all statement from all witnesses during trial. Also was able to give the state of mind of the defendant. Also from attempted murder was the charge and it went from attempted murder to voluntary manslaughter how can a charge get switched up like that during a verted reading who does that only kern county
Sun, 04/13/2014 - 9:13pm Permalink
Anonymous (not verified)

Law inforcement authority has gone to their heads. The officers in this town seem to think they can do what ever they want under the authority of their badges. The worst part about this is that most people that live in this town have for years heard that this is the place where they send officers that have disciplinary problems. Along with this, the District attorneys office seems to be allowing these officers to get away with the things that they do and unduly tie up the court system that already is over burdened.

Sun, 09/23/2007 - 11:36pm Permalink
Anonymous (not verified)

It's no wonder there are several recent stories in Utah of cops thinking they are above the law. They have teachers at the police academy like this guy.

Keith Stoney is a former police officer, teacher at the police academy, paid domestic violence lecturer and current justice court judge for West Valley City Utah.

Thu, 11/29/2007 - 2:19pm Permalink
Anonymous (not verified)

I dont know what happened to him, but he is a good man, drugs are over taken this country and nothing is ever going to stop it. Aslo my CAPTCHA Validation word was PORN, lol something wrong with this site or what

Fri, 02/27/2009 - 7:48pm Permalink

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