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This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

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An Indiana prison guard gets caught bringing a half-pound weed sandwich to work, a Border Patrol agent gets nailed in a massive Southern California bust, and more. Let's get to it:

In Chicago, the police chief is moving to fire four Chicago Police officers for allegedly stealing cash and drugs, and lying about gun seizures. The city's review board, the Civilian Office of Police Accountability says the evidence against Officers Daniel Fair, Jeffery Morrow, Kevin Taylor, and Rupert Collins is "substantial and irrefutable." In one case, Fair and Taylor seized cash and marijuana during a vehicle search but never inventoried the seizure. GPS records showed they instead drove to Fair's block. They also recovered a gun used in a Kentucky murder but let the suspect go after failing to search his name in a law enforcement database. All four officers were interviewed by the FBI last year and admitted "seizing firearms and filing false reports," but neither local nor federal prosecutors charged them. Fair, though, faces official misconduct and obstruction of justice charges in another Cook County gun case. 


In Michigan City, Indiana, a state prison guard was arrested May 30 after she got caught trying to smuggle a whopper of a weed sandwich into the Indiana State Prison. Guard Janice Clark, 38, went down when a fellow guard grew suspicious of her plastic-wrapped sandwich as she arrived at work. An x-ray scan revealed nearly a half-pound of weed hidden between the slices of bread. Upon questioning, Clark admitted to smuggling marijuana and tobacco into the prison on numerous occasions and receiving $20,000 for her efforts. She is charged with trafficking with an inmate and bribery. 

In San Diego, a Border Patrol agent was among 47 people arrested last Friday for involvement in a fentanyl and methamphetamine trafficking ring linked to the Sinaloa Cartel. As a result of a "long-term investigation," officers four kilograms (8.8 pounds) of fentanyl; more than 324 kilograms (over 714 pounds) of methamphetamine; "significant quantities" of cocaine and heroin; and 52 firearms, including handguns and rifles, in multiple raids. Among those arrested was Alexander Grindley, who is accused of methamphetamine trafficking while employed as a Border Patrol agent.

In Elizabethton, Tennessee, a Carter County Sheriff's Office jail guard was arrested last Saturday after he got caught trying to bring illegal drugs and tobacco products into the Carter County Detention Center. Now-former guard Leonard Stratton II, 32, went down after an internal investigation and is now charged with the introduction of contraband into a penal facility and official misconduct. He currently resides at his former place of employment until he comes up with a $10,000 bond. 

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