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This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

An NYPD counterterrorism officer gets caught trying to smuggle smack, a Virginia cop gets nailed for downloading dirty photos from a drug suspect's phone, a Homeland Security officer heads to prison after getting caught taking bribes from a Cali cartel capo, and more.

In New York City, an NYPD counterterrorism officer was arrested last Thursday on charges he tried to bring three kilos of heroin into the city from New Jersey. Officer Reynaldo Lopez went down after meeting with an undercover officer to bring in what he thought was heroin to the Bronx. He is charged with attempted narcotics trafficking, as well as access device fraud for an unrelated counterfeit credit card operation.

In Colonial Heights, Virginia, a former Colonial Heights police officer was arrested last Friday for pilfering explicit photos from the phone of a drug suspect. Bryan Glinn Drake, 30, went down after the man who owned the phone noticed activity on his iCloud account while police had his phone and he was incarcerated. He went to the police about it, and investigators found that Drake had downloaded explicit photos of a woman from the phone. Drake now faces three counts each of misdemeanor embezzlement and obstruction of justice.

In Terre Haute, Indiana, a federal prison guard was arrested Monday on charges he took bribes, including prescription pills, to allow inmates to leave the prison grounds, have sex on the grounds with unauthorized visitors, and brought contraband into the prison. Leon Perry III, 41, is charged with conspiracy for an officer to permit escape, conspiracy to bribe public officials, officer permitting escape, public official accepting a bribe and providing contraband in a prison.

In Miami, a former Homeland Security Investigations agent pleaded guilty last Thursday to accepting cash, prostitutes, restaurant meals, and a hotel room from a Colombian drug lord in return for making his name vanish from a federal cocaine trafficking indictment. Christopher Ciccione, 52, helped Cali cartel boss Jose Bayron Piedrahita escape an indictment by deploying a web of lies to convince prosecutors to dismiss Piedrahita from a massive indictment for cocaine trafficking. Ciccione copped to conspiring to commit fraud and obstruction of justice. Under the terms of the plea agreement, he's looking at five years in prison when sentenced in February.

In Toms River, New Jersey, an Ocean County sheriff's officer was sentenced last Thursday to three years in prison for stealing cocaine that was supposed to be used to train drug-sniffing dogs. John C. Adams, a 16-year veteran, had been the commander of the canine unit when he was charged with stealing more than a kilo of cocaine and using it himself. In a plea bargain, he copped to one count of official misconduct and one count of theft.

This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

A North Carolina cop's case of sticky fingers gets him in trouble, a former Seattle cop pleads to participating in a major marijuana smuggling ring, and more. Let's get to it:

In Greenville, North Carolina, a Greenville police officer was arrested last Tuesday for allegedly stealing $60 from a car he searched. Officer Alec Smith, 23, had been called to a motel to investigate "potential drug activity," and received consent to search a room and the vehicle. No drugs were found, but later that night, the subject of the search called police to report the missing money. Police said a review of body cam footage led them to Smith, who is charged with misdemeanor larceny.

In Prince George, Virginia, a Prince George County probationary jail guard was arrested last Thursday for allegedly bringing drugs into the jail. Guard Allison Meadows went down after surveillance videos aroused suspicion and, when questioned by supervisors, she produced three grams of heroin from her pants pocket. She has been charged with delivery of narcotics to a prisoner and possession of narcotics with intent to sell or distribute.

In Marcy, New York, a state prison guard was arrested Saturday and accused of trying to bring drugs into the jail. Ryan Santos, 27, is charged with attempted promoting prison contraband. He's currently out on bail, and authorities are still pondering whether more charges will be filed.

In Seattle, a former Seattle police officer pleaded guilty Monday to participating in an operation that smuggled hundreds of pounds of marijuana from Washington state to Baltimore. Alex Chapackdee, 44, copped to receiving $10,000 a month to keep an eye on his partner's marijuana grow houses, as well as escorting loads while armed with his police service weapon. He pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute marijuana and one count of conspiracy to launder money. He's looking at a mandatory minimum five-year federal prison sentence, but faces up to 40 years. Sentencing is set for March 1.

Chronicle AM: Canada MJ Bill Passes House, HI Cops Want MedMJ Patients' Guns, More... (11/28/17)

In a national first, Honolulu cops are proactively targeting medical marijuana patients to demand they turn in any firearms, Canada marijuana legalization takes a big step forward, Philadelphia begins paying out for its dirty, corrupt narcs, and more.

Medical Marijuana

Honolulu Police Tell Medical Marijuana Patients to Surrender Their Guns. The Honolulu Police Department has sent letters to medical marijuana patients in the area ordering them to "voluntarily surrender" their firearms because they use marijuana. The letters give patients 30 days to give their guns and ammo to the Honolulu Police. While federal law prohibits acknowledged marijuana users from owning firearms, this is believed to be the first instance of local law enforcement proactively seeking out patients and ordering them to surrender their weapons.

Indiana Governor Orders Stores to Pull CBD Oil From Shelves. Gov. Eric Holcomb (R) has given stores 60 days to remove CBD cannabis oil products from their shelves after state Attorney General Curtis Hill (R) delivered an opinion that such substances are illegal under state and federal law. The only exception is for people with epilepsy who are on a state registry.

Law Enforcement

Philadelphia Begins Paying Out for Narcotics Agents' Misconduct. The city of Philadelphia has begun settling more than 300 lawsuits filed against members of a narcotics squad accused of a pattern of rampant misconduct lasting years. The city has already paid more than $2 million to settle 75 cases after courts began throwing out convictions in tainted cases three years ago. The city could pay up to an additional $8 million to resolve pending complaints. Five of the six officers involved were found not guilty of criminal charges last year, but that hasn't stopped the settlements from occurring.

International

Canada House of Commons Approves Marijuana Legalization Bill. The House of Commons voted 200 to 82 Monday night to approve the Liberal government's marijuana legalization bill, C-45. The bill now goes to the Senate, where opponents could try to derail it. Stay tuned.

British Parliament Drug Policy Group Calls for Safe Injection Sites. The Drugs, Alcohol and Justice Cross-Party Parliamentary Group has issued a report calling for the establishment of drug consumption rooms. The report charges that existing prohibitionist policies are failing communities and society's most vulnerable and suggests that London could learn a lesson from Dublin and Glasgow, where such facilities have been approved.

The Duterte Cancer Spreads to Malaysia. Malaysian Member of Parliament Bung Moktar Radin has embraced Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte's murderous crackdown on drug users and sellers and urged his own country to emulate it. "I am very serious about this. Just shoot them, like they do in the Philippines," he said, praising the Philippines approach. "Why can't we do this? Jail addicts without trial and shoot dealers. What is the problem (in doing this)?"

This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

A body cam catches an LAPD cop planting a bag of cocaine on a suspect, a Philadelphia cop gets nailed in a multi-cop drug dealing conspiracy, a Houston cop gets nailed for not turning in seized cocaine, and more. Let's get to it:

In Los Angeles, an LAPD officer was suspended last Thursday for allegedly planting a bag of cocaine in the wallet of a man he was arresting. Officer Samuel Lee was betrayed by his own body camera, which appeared to show him putting the cocaine in the man's wallet. Lee has been taken off field duty while the incident is investigated, and the LAPD has since updated in body camera policy so the cameras record up to two minutes of activity that occurs before the officer turns them on, instead of the 30 seconds under the old policy.

In Houston, a Houston police officer was arrested last Thursday for stealing drugs during traffic stops. Officer Julissa Guzman Diaz, 37, went down in a sting where an undercover officer got himself pulled over for swerving on the highway and told her he had kilos of cocaine in his car. Diaz arrested the driver for DWI, but did not turn in the cocaine, instead calling a wrecker driver to tow the car and offering him a share of the coke. She is charged with felony tampering and fabricating evidence, and is out on $100,000 bail.

In Philadelphia, a Philadelphia police officer was arrested Tuesday for supposedly masterminding a plot to sell seized drugs on the street. Officer Eric Snell went down after coming up with the scheme in the wake of a car chase and the seizure of ounces of cocaine. Rather than turn them in, he allegedly conspired with a group of other officers to sell the stuff on the street. One of the officers had been arrested earlier, and Snell implicated himself in the plot in phone calls to that officer while he was in jail. He faces charges of racketeering conspiracy and drug trafficking.

In Nashville, a Metro-Nashville police narcotics officer was arrested Wednesday for allegedly stealing more than $5,000. Sgt. James Dunaway went down in a sting where police placed $28,000 and four pounds of marijuana in motel room. Dunaway was seen on surveillance video taking money from different locations within the room. A total of $5,860 was taken. Dunaway is charged with felony theft.

In Mountain City, Tennessee, a Mountain City police officer pleaded guilty Tuesday to drug and guns crimes. Officer Ronald Shupe, 44, bought oxycodone from an undercover informant and was then arrested by Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, FBI, and Tennessee Highway Patrol agents. He was armed and in uniform. He pleaded guilty to possessing oxycodone with intent to distribute and carrying a gun during a drug trafficking offense.

This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

A Hackensack narc bails to avoid problems over illegal searches, a Tennessee cop gets nailed for pain pills, and more prison guards break bad. Let's get to it:

In Mountain City, Tennessee, a Mountain City police officer was arrested Monday on drug and weapons charges in a federal sting. Lt. Ronald Shupe went down after buying Oxycontin tablets from an informant working with the FBI and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. He is also accused of giving pain pills to another informant. He is charged with possession with intent to distribute and being an unlawful user of controlled substances in possession of a firearm. He is on administrative leave without pay.

In Hackensack, New Jersey, a former Hackensack narcotics unit commander resigned last Wednesday in a deal that allows him to keep his benefits even though he is embroiled in an internal affairs investigation of warrantless drug searches that led to the dismissal of at least eight drug cases. Capt. Vincent Riotto resigned shortly before a scheduled disciplinary hearing where he and five officers he commanded were to face charges of mishandling evidence, illegally entering an apartment building, and conducting warrantless searches.

In Grand Rapids, Michigan, a former Michigan state prison guard was found guilty October 26 of participating in a drug smuggling ring at the prison. James Kitchen had been arrested in a March drug bust that yielded kilos of cocaine, heroin, meth, and ecstasy. He was convicted of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, possession with intent to distribute, and conspiracy to launder money. He is set to be sentenced on February 5.

In Hagatna, Guam, a Guamanian prison guard was sentenced October 26 to more than three years in federal prison for trying to sneak methamphetamine into the prison. Ronald Periera, 48, went down when he was searched upon arriving at work, and fellow officers found $951 in cash, meth hidden in a cigarette pack, and meth sealed in a clear plastic bag wrapped up in a rolled dollar bill. Officers found more contraband in his car in the prison parking lot. He had pleaded guilty to possession of meth with intent to distribute and providing contraband in prison.

In Westover, Maryland, a state prison guard was sentenced Monday to nearly four years in federal prison for his role in a racketeering conspiracy operating inside the state prison in Westover. Xavier Holden, 28, is one of 80 prisoners, relatives, and guards charged in two racketeering indictments over a scheme to bribe guards to smuggle drugs, tobacco, and cell phones into the prison.

This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

Sticky-fingered pill-stealing cops get themselves in trouble in Florida, and more. Let's get to it:

In Palm Beach, Florida, a Palm Beach deputy was arrested last Thursday on charges he stole pills and other items from the home of a man who died during Hurricane Irma. Deputy Jason Cooke went down after the son of the dead man delivered in-home surveillance footage of him making off with pain pills, muscle relaxers, and anti-psychotic medications from the home of the 85-year-old man after discovering him dead in the house. He is charged with burglary and grand theft.

In Key West, Florida, a Monroe County sheriff's correctional officer was arrested Tuesday on charges she stole drugs from a family friend. Officer Ashlie Nicole Hernandez allegedly took the pills while babysitting, and the victim reported he to authorities. She is charged two counts of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and one count of theft of a controlled substance.

In West Chester, Pennsylvania, a state trooper was sentenced last Wednesday to three years' probation for using one of his informants as his personal cocaine dealer. Jose Israel Lebron went down after the informant snitched him out, telling police he had been buying cocaine for and using it with Lebron for months before cops rolled up Lebron in April 2016. He pleaded guilty to a single count of purchase of a controlled substance by an unauthorized person in commerce. That conviction means he will not be able to be certified as a law enforcement officer in the state again.

This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

A Florida narc gets a case of sticky fingers, and a whole bunch of jail and prison guards break bad. Let's get to it:

In Jacksonville, Florida, a Jacksonville narcotics detective was arrested October 6 for allegedly stealing cash during the search of a house. Detective Jason Mann, an 11-year veteran, is accused of pocketing a $100 bill during the raid and is charged with petty theft and tampering with evidence. Now, previous cases he worked on are being reviewed.

In Live Oak, Florida, a former Suwannee County jail guard was arrested October 6 after she admitted sneaking a broad range of contraband into the jail for an inmate with whom she was in a sexual relationship. Former guard Susan Danielle Penuel went down after another guard went to authorities with information she was in a relationship with a prisoner. Upon questioning, she admitted it and admitted smuggling in "copious amounts of contraband into the facility ranging from illegal narcotics such as synthetic cannabinoids, MDMA, marijuana, cellular phones, cigarettes, alcohol and food." The exact charges she faces weren't specified.

In Pikeville, Kentucky, a Pike County Detention Center guard was arrested on October 7 on charges he smuggled tobacco and suboxone into the jail. Guard David Emmons went down after someone in the jail ratted him out, and investigators caught him with contraband in the jail parking lot. He is charged with promoting contraband and drug trafficking.

In Dayton, Ohio, a former Chillicothe Correctional Institution guard was arrested October 7 along with six other people accused of distributing meth at the prison. James Barlage, Jr., 31, was indicted on charges he got the meth from a Dayton man to distribute at the prison and now faces charges of conspiracy to distribute meth behind bars.

In Trenton, New Jersey, a state prison guard was arrested last Thursday for allegedly supplying an inmate drug dealer with wares to sell in the prison. Guard Roberto Reyes-Jackson went down after an internal investigation was launched upon the discovery of drugs in the jail. The investigation found that Reyes-Jackson had taken a $200 bribe to smuggle in fentanyl packaged in single dose units marked with a panda face logo. He is charged with conspiracy, official misconduct, bribery and drug distribution.

In York, Maine, a York County jail guard was arrested last Saturday after being caught smuggling suboxone into the jail. Andre Sims, 24, resigned after being arrested. He is charged with drug trafficking and trafficking in prison contraband. He's out on $500 cash bail.

This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

We've only got a couple this week, but they're both pretty juicy and involve federal law enforcement officials. Let's get to it:

In New Orleans, a DEA agent and a Hammond police officer were arrested Sunday on charges related to the DEA task force led by Agent Chad Scott. Task force members are accused of stealing property and thousands of dollars in drug investigations, as well as a raft of related offenses. Scott and Hammond Police Officer Rodney Gemar are accused of participating in a seven-year conspiracy to not report drug, cash, and property seizures and instead keep them for their own profit. Scott faces ten counts, including falsifying government records, obstruction of justice, perjury, conspiracy, and seeking and receiving illegal gratuities. Gemar faces six counts, including stealing evidence and conspiracy. Gemar is out on bail, but Scott was still being held after appearing in court Monday.

In Orlando, Florida, a Department of Homeland Security officer was arrested last Monday for allegedly taking bribes to help a Colombian cocaine trafficker avoid criminal charges. Special Agent Christopher Ciccione was the case agent for an organized crime and drug trafficking task force that obtained indictments for a number of Cali Cartel cocaine traffickers, but Ciccione is accused of taking a $20,000 bribe to get the indictment dismissed, then altering records and lying to federal prosecutors. He is charged with conspiracy, corruption, and obstruction of justice.

This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

Busy, busy: A long-time fugitive rogue Chicago cop gets cop, a DHS agent gets nailed for taking big bucks to help a Cali Cartel operative make an indictment go away, a Vermont cop plied a woman addict with drugs in order to get laid, and more. Let's get to it:

In Detroit, a former Chicago police officer on the lam for 14 years was arrested last Tuesday. Former Chicago PD Sgt. Eddie Hicks, 68, had fled on the eve of his drug conspiracy trial in 2003. He had been charged in 2001 with running a crew of rogue officers who robbed drug dealers, stole their cash and sold their drugs to other dealers. While a fugitive, Hicks conducted financial transactions designed to benefit family members, including signing over a property used to secure his $150,000 bail to his son, also a Chicago police officer. Additionally, some $300,000 in police pension payments went to his bank account or were cashed by his wife.

In Louisville, Kentucky, a former Bullitt County Sheriff's Office chief deputy was indicted last Wednesday for stealing drugs from the department evidence room. John Cottrell allegedly took marijuana, hydrocodone, and other pills, and investigators found some of the drugs in his office. Cottrell claims he is the victim of a vendetta by department supporters of former Sheriff David Greenwell, who himself has been indicted on drug charges. Cottrell faces charges of theft of a legend drug, abuse of public trust, and evidence tampering.

In Burlington, Vermont, a form Royalton police officer was arrested last Thursday on charges he stole heroin from the evidence room and gave it to an addict with whom he was having a sexual relationship. John Breault provided heroin and other drugs to the woman, who was described as a confidential informant, before she eventually reported him to the DEA. She told agents Breault let her search through the department's drug takeback box on at least seven occasions, and he is also suspected of pilfering drugs from a major drug bust in the area to give to her. It's not clear what the precise charges he faces are.

In Miami, a Department of Homeland Security agent was indicted Monday for allegedly helping a Colombian drug trafficker avoid charges. DHS Investigations Special Agent Christopher Ciccione was the case agent for a drug and organized crime task force targeting Cali Cartel traffickers, a number of whom were indicted. Ciccione is accused of taking $20,000 in cash, as well as dinner, drinks, and prostitutes in exchange for getting an indictment against one of them dismissed. He is charged with conspiracy, corruption, and obstruction of justice.

In Orlando, Florida, an Orange County sheriff's deputy was arrested Tuesday for allegedly stealing cash, credit cards, and a wallet from a burglary scene that turned into a drug investigation. Deputy Joseph Haddad responded to the burglary, but ended up arresting the resident on marijuana charges. At the time, the man complained that his wallet was missing. An investigation found that his credit card had been used, and surveillance video showed Haddad and his wife using the card at local stores. He is charged with grand theft.

This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

A Louisiana cop gets nailed for having sex and peddling dope on the job, a sticky-fingered Pennsyvlania cop gets nailed for stealing drug money, a South Carolina cop gets nailed -- nine years after the fact -- for lying on a drug search warrant, and more. Let's get to it:

In Conway, South Carolina, a Horry County police officer was fired last Friday after he was found to have "misrepresented the truth" in a search warrant application nine years ago. Kent Donald went down after a Horry County man sentenced to 25 years in prison for cocaine trafficking got his conviction reversed after convincing an appeals court that the search warrant used against him was "maliciously and intentionally issued upon false information and for the purpose of securing a criminal investigation." The man, who spent five years in prison, is now pursuing a civil lawsuit against Donald and the Horry County Police Department.

In Muncie, Indiana, a Delaware County sheriff's deputy was arrested last Wednesday on charges related to his tight relationship with a drug-dealing informant. Deputy Jerry Parks was caught on surveillance tapes while present during a marijuana deal and on recordings providing the description of an undercover officer to the informant. When the informant was arrested on drug charges in Indianapolis, he told investigators Parks gave him information on undercover officers, held his drugs for safekeeping, gave him a department issued gun to use while transporting drug money, and gave him drugs he had seized on duty. It's not clear what the exact charges are.

In Alexandria, Louisiana, an Alexandria police officer was arrested last Thursday for allegedly selling drugs and having sex while on duty. Officer Kenneth Seth Thomas went down after somebody snitched him out to state law enforcement, and an investigation found that Thomas "had engaged in illegal activities by having sex with at least one woman while on duty and distributing illegal drugs." He is charged with malfeasance in office, distribution of a controlled dangerous substance I and possession of a firearm in the presence of drugs.

In Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, a former Fairview Township police officer was convicted last Friday of stealing money seized as evidence in drug arrests. Tyson Baker, 43, a 17-year veteran of the force, was suspected of making off with between $2,000 of $15,0000 seized from a marijuana dealer. He went down in a sting where an undercover agent was pulled over by township police. A video camera recorded him searching the car without a warrant and stealing $3,000 from a cash stash hidden in a gym bag. He was found guilty in federal court of two counts of theft of seized drug money, one count of falsifying records to impede a drug investigation, one count of theft of federal property, and one count of making false reports to the FBI. He will be sentenced at a later date.

In Augusta, Georgia, a former youth detention center guard pleaded guilty last Friday to bringing marijuana into the facility. Devin Lott, 24, admitted the offense and pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and violation of oath by a public officer. He was sentenced to 10 years' probation instead of jail time after the judge took mercy on him. His mother and nephew had been killed in a recent car crash and his sister, who was driving, was severely injured and needs assistance with daily activities.

In Hagatna, Guam, a former Guam police officer was sentenced last Thursday to six months in jail after a police search found drugs and paraphernalia at his home. Manuel Joaquin Perez. Perez claimed he'd found and discarded syringes and a baggie with meth residue, but his wife admitted using the stuff. He pleaded guilty to hindering apprehension and official misconduct, both misdemeanors, but had a felony drug possession charge dismissed.

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