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This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

We have a pill-peddling former deputy, a Baton Rouge cop who made a joint mysteriously disappear, and more. Let's get to it:

In Bolivia, North Carolina, a former Brunswick County sheriff's deputy was arrested last Thursday on multiple drug and embezzlement charges. John Christian Blasingame, 42, had been fired in 2016, but was still in possession of state property, including a sheriff's office identification card, a sheriff's office badge, a sheriff's office tie with pin, a sheriff's office lapel pin, and sheriff's office plastic junior deputy badges. Oh, and various drugs. He is charged with selling a Schedule II controlled substance, possession with intent to sell a Schedule II controlled substance, felony possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and embezzlement of state property, among other charges.

In Gretna, Louisiana, a Jefferson Parish jail guard was arrested Monday on charges he smuggled weed into the jail. Correctional deputy Lyndon Hawkins, 25, admitted to smuggling weed when confronted by narcotics detectives. He is charged with transporting drugs into a correctional facility.

In Baton Rouge, a Baton Rouge police officer was fired last Friday after spending seven months on paid administrative leave for failing to report a marijuana joint she seized from a suspect. Michelle Patterson rewrote her incident report to remove any mention of the weed. A criminal investigation is now ended.

This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

This week brings a full hand of cops arrested on various drug charges, including a South Carolina police chief with a pill habit and a New Jersey cop with a drug-dealing habit. Let's get to it:

In Dothan, Alabama, a Dothan police officer was arrested last Tuesday for allegedly possessing stolen drugs. Sergeant Jonathan Whaley went down after he began behaving erratically during a training class, was then drug tested, and placed on paid leave. Police then searched his vehicle and found Xanax and codeine that are believed to have been stolen from a home where Whaley answered a medical call. He is charged with two counts of illegally possessing controlled substances and two counts of theft.

In Walhalla, South Carolina, the former Walhalla police chief was arrested last Friday, just days after he was forced to resign, for allegedly illegally obtaining prescription drugs from officers, their families, and private citizens over a seven-year period. A three-count indictment says he cadged spare pain pills that had been obtained legitimately by officers under his command. He faces three counts of misconduct in office. He's looking at up to three years in prison.

In Paterson, New Jersey, a Paterson police officer was arrested last Friday on charges he dealt heroin and cocaine to a wired-up informant. Officer Ruben McAusland, 26, is accused of repeatedly selling heroin, crack, and powder cocaine to local drug dealers. He faces unspecified drug distribution charges and is now out on $100,000 bail.

In Waxhaw, North Carolina, a Gaston County assistant district attorney was arrested Sunday after he was caught in possession of heroin and methamphetamine. Assistant DA James Brandon Graham was carrying 11 syringes, six of which contained heroin and three of which tested positive for meth. Two were empty. He charged with felony counts of heroin and methamphetamine possession and a misdemeanor count of possessing drug paraphernalia. His workload included drug cases. There is no word yet on how those cases may be effected.

In Newport News, Virginia, a Poquoson police officer was arrested Monday for allegedly taking a bribe from a drug dealing suspect "in exchange for impeding prosecution." Officer Dearyl Anderson, 56, faces a single count of bribery. He is now on administrative leave.

This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

There must be something in the water in Memphis, a Massachusetts dope squad is under investigation for thuggery, more prison guards go down, and more. Let's get to it:

In Springfield, Massachusetts, the Springfield Narcotics Unit is under investigation. City leaders and representatives of the US Attorney's Civil Rights Division met last Friday to discuss opening a federal investigation into the department's former narcotics unit. The investigation is prompted by public reports and will look into whether the former unit engaged in a pattern or practice of using excessive force in violation of the Constitution.

In Bismarck, North Dakota, a Burleigh County sheriff's deputy was arrested last Tuesday on drug and theft charges while on the job. Deputy Kerry Komrosky, 31, allegedly stole a pound of methamphetamine and 13 cell phones from the Metro Area Task Force. Komrosky went down after he failed to return from a lunch break and his sergeant went to his home to look for him. There he found evidence linking Komrosky to the missing drugs and phones. He ischarged with three felonies and a misdemeanor -- possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, two charges of theft of property and possession of drug paraphernalia.

In St. John, US Virgin Islands, a USVI prison guard was arrested last Thursday on charges he smuggled drugs into the Golden Grove Correctional Facility. Darren Giddings is charged with promoting prison contraband and introduction of narcotics or an addictive drug into the prison. He's currently out on bail.

In Memphis, Tennessee, two Memphis police officers were arrested last Thursday after getting ensnared in an undercover drug sting. Officers Terrion Bryson and Kevin Coleman went down after an investigation that begin in February into reports the two were stealing money and drug during traffic stops. Memphis Police deployed an undercover agent, who was stopped twice by the pair. Both times they stole money from him. Later, Bryson contacted the undercover agent to tell him he could help ensure his drug shipments made it safely through the city, while Coleman threatened to harm his family if the deal was a set-up. Last Thursday, the pair agreed to guard a shipment of what they thought was heroin, and were arrested on the scene. They are both charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to manufacture, delivery and sell, along with criminal attempt felony and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

In Memphis, Tennessee, a former Shelby County sheriff's deputy was sentenced last Wednesday to 63 months in federal prison for stealing money from a drug dealer and tampering with a witness. Jeremy Drewery, a 17-year veteran, arrested a drug dealer and tried to convince him to become an informant, but when the dealer refused, Drewery demanded a cash payment to let him go free. The dealer then contacted a lawyer, who turned to the FBI, which then recorded interactions between Drewery and the dealer. After Drewery was arrested for that, he then offered another confidential informant $2,000 to kill the dealer.

In Fall River, Massachusetts, a former state prison guard was sentenced Tuesday to 3 ½ years in state prison for dealing heroin. Stephen Lebreaux, 43, had copped to a multi-count indictment for trafficking and distributing heroin. The prison guard went down after selling heroin four times to an undercover officer.

In Bicknell, Indiana, a Bicknell police officer was arrested last Thursday on charges he gave a heads-up to a drug suspect, jeopardizing an undercover drug operation. Officer Kevin Carroll, 47, is charged with official misconduct and criminal recklessness. He's now out on bail.

This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

A Vermont cop was wooing girlfriends with dope from the evidence locker, a Pennsylvania narc goes down for ripping off drug money, a Mississippi cop goes away for dealing weed, and more. Let's get to it:

In Middletown, Ohio, a Seven Mile auxiliary police officer was arrested last Thursday along with 12 dealers for trafficking in fentanyl for a Mexican drug cartel. Officer Christopher Watkins, 23, is accused of acting as a drug mule by traveling to California and transporting a drug shipment back to Ohio for $1,000 in cash. He and the 12 others are all charged with distribution of narcotics and money laundering.

In Monroe, Louisiana, a Richwood Correctional Center guard was arrested last Saturday after contraband was found on him as he arrived at work. Guard Tyre Manning, 41, was carrying two sandwich bags filled with synthetic cannabinoids, as well as a cell phone and rolling tobacco.

In South Royalton, Vermont, a former South Royalton police officer pleaded guilty last Friday to stealing heroin and prescription opioids from the department evidence locker. John Breault had admitted stealing the drugs last summer for his girlfriend, who later became an FBI informant. She also said Breault let her search the evidence locker herself, and she took fentanyl pataches, oxycodone, and Zoloft as Breault watched, and that he took a bag of weed for another woman. He pleaded guilty to distribution of heroin and is looking at up to 20 years in prison.

In Philadelphia, a former state attorney general's office agent pleaded guilty Tuesday to scheming to pilfer illicit drug proceeds. Timothy Riley, accepted three cash payments totaling $48,000 he knew was stolen from a drug dealer. He pleaded guilty to conspiring to launder money and is now looking at up to 20 years in federal prison.

In Hattiesburg, Mississippi, a former Hattiesburg police officer was sentenced Monday to five years and month in federal prison for his role in a marijuana distribution scheme. Thomas Wheeler, 33, pleaded guilty to one count of attempted possession of 50 kilograms or more of marijuana with the intent to distribute. He went down after state troopers pulled over a vehicle driven by his grandfather and found a load of weed, then spotted Wheeler in another vehicle nearby. Both grandpa and Wheeler confessed to their roles in the plot.

This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

Pretty quiet on the corrupt cops front this week. Thank goodness for jail guards! Let's get to it:

In Tucson, Arizona, a Pima County jail guard was arrested last Wednesday on charges he was smuggling drugs in to inmates. Corrections Officer Martin Lopez, 27, went down after somebody tipped off the sheriff's office. Few details have been released, but he is charged with transportation of narcotics and promoting prison contraband.

In Ridgeville, South Carolina, a Lieber Correctional Institution guard was arrested last Friday on charges he was smuggling drugs in to inmates. Joshua Jerome Glover confessed after Department of Corrections officers investigating a tip talked to him. He admitted receiving around $6,000 to smuggle in tobacco and marijuana on at least 15 occasions, and he admitted having weed in his vehicle in the employee parking lot. Investigators found 145 grams of it in the car. He is charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana; furnishing or attempting to furnish prisoners with contraband; misconduct in office with malfeasance; and conspiracy, as well as a violation of state ethics laws dealing with public officials.

This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

Two LAPD cops go away for a long time for sexually assaulting female drug suspects, a Pennsylvania attorney general's narc gets popped for a drug cash rip-off scheme, a Washington state local cop gets popped stealing pain pills, and more. Let's get to it:

In Port Orchard, Washington, a Poulsbo police officer was arrested last Wednesday after confessing that she repeatedly stole drugs left in the city's prescription drug takeback box. Officer Stacey Lee Smaaladen, 49, told investigators she took the pills to supplement her own legally prescribed pain medications. She is charged with theft and felony drug possession.

In Warsaw, New York, a state prison guard was arrested last Thursday on charges he took money from inmates at the Wyoming Correctional Facility in exchange for drugs. Guard William Fannan, 37, allegedly took money to smuggle synthetic cannabinoids into the prison. He is charged with third-degree receiving a bribe, first-degree promoting prison contraband, official misconduct and fifth-degree conspiracy.

In Galveston, Texas, a Galveston police officer was arrested last Friday amidst allegations he supplied a suspected drug dealer with information that helped him avoid other police officers. Officer John Rutherford is accused of providing the suspect with information of officers' locations, working assignments, and work patterns. He is charged with engaging in organized criminal activity, misusing official information, and a weapons violation.

In Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, a former state attorney general's office narcotics agent was arrested last Friday for allegedly participating in a scheme to launder stolen drug proceeds. Timothy Riley, 48, is accused of conspiring with the driver of a truck carrying more than $2.5 million in drug cash to set up a bust where he reported seizing only $1.77 million. In return for his services, Riley received three cash payments totaling $48,000. He is charged with money laundering and other offenses and is looking at up to 20 years in prison.

In Los Angeles, two LAPD officers were sentenced Monday to 25 years in prison for sexually assaulting four women they were investigating on drug charges. Officers James Nichols and Luis Valenzuela pleaded guilty to two counts each of forcible rape and forcible oral copulation. The pair were patrol partners who rampaged between 2008 and 2011, according to prosecutors.

This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

Sticky-fingered cops go down, so do inmate-serving prison guards. Let's get to it:

In Wichita, Kansas, a former Sedgewick County sheriff's deputy was arrested last Tuesday for failing to turn in drug evidence in a narcotics case. Justin Price, a 4 ½ year veteran of the department, is charged with official misconduct.

In Laurel, Indiana, a former Laurel Reserve Police officer was arrested last Wednesday for using $2,500 in drug buy money for his own purposes. Clinton Ellis, 34, caught the eye of authorities when a fellow officer reported that Ellis had given him a seized gun as a gift, and further investigation revealed the theft of the drug bust money. He faces two counts each of theft and official misconduct.

In Blairsville, Georgia, an East Ellijay police officer was arrested last Friday for allegedly stealing money from a woman he arrested on drug charges. Officer Michael Gene McLure is accused of stealing and cashing a $150 money order from a woman he arrested for driving under the influence of drugs. He is charged with violation of oath by a public officer and theft by taking -- both misdemeanor offenses.

In St. Gabriel, Louisiana, a former state prison guard was arrested last Friday after reportedly trying to smuggle drugs into the Elayn Hunt Correctional Center. Samantha Suel, 29, admitted to ditching four ounces of marijuana and synthetic cannabinoids inside the prison when she arrived at work to discover a shakedown of employees was underway. Surveillance footage showed her stashing the drugs. She's been fired and is now charged with introduction of contraband into a penal institution and malfeasance in office.

In Summerville, Georgia, a Hays State Prison guard was arrested last Saturday after being caught with contraband as he came to work. Guard Mark Edward Jeffery, 33, got nailed carrying four cell phones, two phone chargers, 65 grams of ecstasy tablets, 3 ½ grams of meth, and a bottle of alcohol behind bars. Investigators also found another gram of meth in his vehicle. He is charged with crossing a guard line with drugs and other contraband, possession of a controlled substance, trafficking drugs and violation of oath of office.

This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

A massive Baltimore corruption case comes to an end, a former Homeland Security agent heads to prison for taking bribes from a Cali cartel capo, and more. Let's get to it:

In Hogansville, Georgia, a Hogansville police officer was arrested last Monday after he was caught red-handed in an apparent drug deal. Daniel-Cameron William Kemp, 23, was spotted passing a gun and a container to a man in a car. When deputies pulled over the vehicle, they smelled marijuana, and the driver admitted buying a weapon and some weed from Kemp, adding that he'd bought drugs from him before. Police also found marijuana in Kemp's squad car. It's not clear what the precise charges are.

In Baltimore, two members of the Baltimore Police Gun Trace Task Force were convicted Monday of robbing citizens behind the protection of their badges and claiming massive overtime for unworked hours. Six other members of the squad had already pleaded guilty in the broad-ranging corruption scandal before Detectives Daniel T. Hersl, 48, and Marcus R. Taylor, 31, were found guilty of racketeering, racketeering conspiracy and robbery. Squad members specialized in robbing drug dealers of both cash and drugs.

In Miami, a former federal Homeland Security agent was sentenced last Friday to three years in prison for taking bribes from a Colombian drug lord. Christopher Ciccione II, 52, admitted taking $18,000 in cash, prostitutes, restaurant meals, and hotel rooms in return for getting Cali cartel boss Jose Bayron Piedrahita removed from a cocaine smuggling indictment. He pleaded guilty to a conspiracy of "deceit, craft, and trickery" against the US government.

This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

A Florida cop with his very own forfeiture program heads to prison, a Maryland cop gets nailed peddling pain pills, and more. Let's get to it:

In Fort Lauderdale, Florida, a former Fort Lauderdale police officer was sentenced last Friday to 16 months in prison for stealing more than $310,000 from the department's asset forfeiture fund. Gerard Brady, 34, had been named forfeiture coordinator in 2010 and started skimming cash in December 2012. He also has to repay more than $225,000.

In Marksville, Louisiana, an Avoyelles Parish jail guard was arrested last Friday after he was caught bringing drugs and other contraband to work. Corrections Officer Requan Steven Mingo was carrying synthetic cannabinoids, meth, and cell phones. He is charged with introduction of contraband into a penal institution, possession of schedule I CDS with intent to distribute, possession of schedule 2 CDS with intent to distribute and malfeasance in office.

In Hagerstown, Maryland, a Hagerstown police officer was arrested last Friday for allegedly peddling pain pills. Sgt. Christopher Barnett went down after he was caught on video giving narcotic pills to another person. He is charged with distribution of controlled dangerous substance, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, malfeasance in office and theft under $100.

This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

It's been a pretty quiet week on the corrupt front, but we've got another prison guard breaking bad and a police dispatcher who picked the wrong husband. Let's get to it:

In Columbus, Georgia, a former state prison guard was sentenced Tuesday to nearly seven years in federal prison after being caught trying to bring a hundred grams of meth and more than a pound of pot into the Calhoun State Prison in Morgan. Joshua Washington, 30, said he had been promised $3,000 to bring the drugs into the prison. He copped to a single count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

In Claremont, North Carolina, a police dispatcher was fired Tuesday after Catawba County narcotics officers executing a search warrant found 65 pounds of marijuana in her home. The dispatcher was neither arrested nor named, but her husband, Blong Ly Vang, now faces marijuana and stolen firearms charges.

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