Law Enforcement: This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

More Los Angeles area cops go down in a broad conspiracy, a Customs officer gets nailed for helping traffickers, a Kentucky cop gets nailed for peddling pills, another NYPD cop gets busted, and so does a Tennessee sheriff. Just another week in the drug war. Let's get to it:

In Chattanooga, Tennessee, the Hamilton County Sheriff was arrested last Friday by federal agents who charged him with extorting money from ethnic Indian convenience store owners and laundering what he thought was drug money sent from Mexico in cremation urns. Sheriff Billy Long, 55, was arrested after an undercover FBI investigation that began in April 2007. Beginning then, Long was videotaped and audiotaped taking cash payments amounting to more than $17,000 from what he thought were convenience store owners seeking to protect their illegal gambling activities and sales of meth precursors. The FBI also hornswoggled Long into accepting five cash payments totaling $6,550 that he agreed to deliver as a payment to someone supposedly laundering hundreds of thousands of dollars of illegal drug proceeds. Long was set for a bail hearing early this week.

In Los Angeles, a former LAPD officer and his brother, a former Long Beach police officer, were convicted January 30 of ripping off drug dealers in a series of burglaries and robberies between 1999 and 2001. Former LAPD Officer William Ferguson and former Long Beach Police Officer Joseph Ferguson were found guilty of conspiring to violate civil rights, conspiring to possess narcotics with the intent to distribute, and possession of narcotics with intent to distribute. They were part of a broader conspiracy to rip-off dealers that has so far resulted in guilty pleas from 15 people, including members of the LAPD, Long Beach Police, LA County Sheriff's Department, and the California Department of Corrections. The rogue cops would target locations where drugs were being sold, then hit the places, pretending that they were conducting legitimate drug raids. The victims were variously restrained, cuffed, threatened, or assaulted during the robberies. The cops would give their booty to civilian co-conspirators to sell, then split the proceeds among themselves.

In Fort Lauderdale, Florida, a Customs and Border Protection officer was convicted last Friday on federal charges of attempting to help traffickers smuggle cocaine and heroin into Miami International airport from Puerto Rico. Officer Edwin Disla was found guilty of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin and cocaine, attempted possession with intent to distribute cocaine, and attempted possession with intent to distribute heroin. Disla went down in a sting after agreeing to carry what he thought was cocaine through the Luis Munoz Marin Airport in Puerto Rico and Miami International Airport. During his trip, he used his law enforcement authority to bypass security. He was arrested in Puerto Rico after agreeing to take possession of multi-pound shipments of what he thought were heroin and cocaine. He faces up to life in prison when he is sentenced in April.

In Louisville, Kentucky, a former central Kentucky police officer was sentenced Monday for plotting with his girlfriend to peddle Oxycontin. Former Lebanon Police Sgt. David Carr, 33, was sentenced to one year and a day after pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute the drug. He and his girlfriend were arrested together in June; she got four months in jail and four months of house arrest.

In New York City, an NYPD detective was indicted January 31 on federal charges that he was providing confidential information to cocaine dealers. Detective Luis Batista pleaded not guilty to drug dealing, obstruction of justice, and other charges in a case where he is accused of participating in a drug ring run by old friends. Another NYPD officer, internal affairs Sgt. Henry Conde, was also indicted, on charges that last year he tipped Batista that he was the target of an internal probe.

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WoW

It never ceases to amaze me how many police officers are killing us with power that we gave them.

Yes seriously it is scarey

To think that such people, any one who without a police title they would be considered cocaine dealers/users/scum to society, that with the title of "Orificer" (What I deem them) that they can Shoot, Mug, Rape, Murderer, Genocide, Traffic, Commit Treason, Fraud, Bypass security for escorting and introducing a foreign substance into society AND traveling over state lines with it.

Wow, The cops think they are the Admins of society, they can Judge, Jury, And Executioner all in 5 seconds of thought. Doubtfully, These numbskulls can't even lace their own boots.

it takes all kinds

somehow we are all connected whether we like it or not.
If our upbringing or environment were switched magically
we may turn out the way that person turned out.
Of course we shouldn't break the law else pay the price.
It must feel powerful to escape justice. conscience and Karma
are also factors. we seem like viscious cavemen
in suits. Since news travels so fast these days we seem to see only negative news because daisies and sugar aren't exciting news and reporters get paid too.
We all need to be more aware and educated. Life is a learning
experience up until we are out of it. Practice the laws of attraction, transcend petty reasons to argue and care about our health and spirit. What's wrong with us? Employ a little empathy, take care of our health and well-being.
There are some things we can't do anything about.
Taxes, etc. So steer toward the positive peaceful people.
Better yet, be a role model to the world. are we afraid?
Afraid of what? ourselves? death? life?
I dont know much about Jesus, Allah, buddha
but I beeive GOD wants us to try harder.
We can choose or remove the road blocks that hold us back.
Do things that are good for us and let it be observed.
The reward may come too slow for us in this quick paced world, but then patience is a virtue. it helps in poker.
When away from the poker table of business and life
we can be calm, free, merciful. Be good, allow diversity
unless much harm is obviously being done. thanks...

To Serve and Protect

Who protects us from liar police and D.A.'s who conspire to produce illegal search warrants which are either A.) based on false information or B.) obtained after they have already conducted an illegal search and say they found drugs?? Certainly not the dope-crazy judges who are afraid the brainwashed moms and dads will vote them out. This country is going to hell.

empathy

just use a little imagination

if you were given powers to be above the law, intel telling you what illegalities are going on, weapons training and access, shitty pay, no respect, what would you do?

We (the civilians) are to blame for giving up so much power.

If you see something suspicious and you know there are police .... hey, its not your problem....
if you see something suspicious and you're policing your neighborhood, you find out whats going on, you get involved and it becomes exponentially harder to commit crime.

it's like this in small towns, it gets lost in the cities.

take back the streets, show the police WE DON'T NEED THEM!

it's happened before, it can happen again

Derek

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