Law Enforcement: This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

It's a corrupt cops twofer for New Jersey, another twofer for Indiana, a two-for-one special on Texas deputies, and a lone prison guard in Florida. Let's get to it:

In Bridgeton, New Jersey, a Cumberland County Jail guard was arrested Saturday for trading drugs to inmates in return for money and sex. Corrections Officer Sergey Udalovas, 52, was charged with aggravated sexual assault against a female prison visitor, with whom he had sex in return for smuggling drugs in to her jailed friend. He is also charged with possession of marijuana and possession of heroin with intent to distribute. He is currently in the Atlantic County Jail on $175,000 full-cash bail.

In Irvington, New Jersey, a New Jersey Transit police officer was indicted last Friday on charges of official misconduct, drug possession with intent to distribute, and possession of a gun during a drug offense. Sgt. Barrington Williams, 47, had been arrested last July when detectives stopped his vehicle and found 3.7 pounds of marijuana, $3,600 cash, and his service weapon. Williams, a 13-year veteran of the force, has been suspended without pay. He is out on bail.

In Westville, Indiana, an Indiana Department of Corrections guard was arrested July 7 when she arrived for work at the Westville Correctional Facility. Both the Indiana State Police and the prison's Internal Affairs Division were involved in the investigation and arrest. Guard Karen Gibson, 27, is charged with one felony count of drug trafficking. If convicted, she faces two to eight years in prison. She was last reported in jail trying to make bail.

In Indianapolis, a former Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officer was sentenced July 9 to 10 years in federal prison for ripping off marijuana dealers and reselling their wares. Former officer James Davis, 34, was convicted last month of drug possession and conspiracy to distribute. He was one of three officers indicted by a federal grand jury in the scheme, which included one "raid" where they ripped off five pounds of pot and $18,000 in cash. His two partners, Jason Edwards and Robert Lear, were convicted earlier and await sentencing.

In Lubbock, Texas, two Hockley County sheriff's deputies were arrested last Friday as part of a 110-count federal indictment aimed at the Aces and Eights outlaw motorcycle gang for a methamphetamine trafficking conspiracy. Deputies Gordon Bohannon and Jose Quintanilla are accused of providing gang members with information that hurt efforts to shut down the conspiracy. They and the other 28 defendants are all charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of meth, which carries a mandatory minimum 10 year prison sentence. Other defendants face additional charges.

In Sebring, Florida, a Florida prison guard was arrested last Friday for planning to smuggle drugs into the prison. Richard Pillajo, 37, thought he was conspiring with an inmate's family, but was actually talking to a Highland County Sheriff's office undercover officer when he agreed to purchase 112 grams of marijuana, 29 grams of cocaine, and 20 hydrocodone tablets and smuggle them into the Avon Park Correctional Institute in exchange for $2,500. He was charged with possession of an opium derivative with intent to sell, distribution of marijuana, trafficking in cocaine, smuggling contraband into a prison facility, and possession of narcotic equipment. At last report, he was in the Highlands County Jail trying to make a $50,500 bond.

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Police, Prison Guards and the War on Drugs.

The Police Officers in these articles swore to uphold the laws of the State they represent. These same people dispense Federal law in the process of conducting their War on Drugs. Corruption at these levels of society is prevalent and by appearance the status quo. Legalization of Marijuana should be Top-Priority. And when it is legalized. Perhaps then, the Police can focus their attention on the corruption that exist within their own personnel and admistrative directors.

Deficits pertaining to governments finances could be eliminated with the Tax-Revenue that is generated from Medical Marijuana. Instead of giving it to the current drug cartels and corrupt police. Legalization of Marijuana is the answer and it is the way to go, in todays America. The people opposed to Medical Marijuana Legalization are the same people being arrested or indicted for other crimes. I.e. D.W.I. , embezzlement, etc.

We have come a-long-way my fellow Americans. However, we have not come far enough, to eliminate the historically ever present corrupt government officials.

Legalizing marijuana

If marijuana was legalized, it would bring us out of a recession within months. It is a black market that funds all classes and races no matter what your income or status in this country is. As said above, if pot was legalized, or at the least, decriminalized law enforcement would be able to focus on harder drugs and bigger dealers and maybe lead to less corruption and a downfall in crime. The Government is helping the war on drugs not preventing it. With drugs being illegal, the Government will never win. People support marijuana and there will always be addicts to harder drugs and they will always prevail over the Government. Not to mention, that your local police station probably has at least 50% of the officers smoking pot or not against it. It is all a cycle to keep the system looking good. Take down small time non violent drug offenders, jail them ( which us tax payers pay for), release them and do it all over. Give the people want they want! LEGALIZE MARIJUANA ! If it weren't for power and greed, it would be already.

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