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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.

This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

The Baltimore cop who accidentally recorded himself planting drugs gets indicted, two Indiana jail guards go down in separate cases in two days, a Pennsylvania probation officer gets in trouble for trying to win sexual favors, and more. Let's get to it:

In Los Angeles, a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy was arrested last Tuesday on charges he was taking big bucks to transport drugs. Deputy Kenneth Collins had taught life skills to the formerly incarcerated and it is with one of his former students that he allegedly conspired to transport 45 pounds of cocaine and 15 pounds of meth from Los Angeles to Las Vegas in return for $250,000. Alas for Collins, it was a sting, and he was arrested near the Rose Bowl following two other faked drug transports. He and three others are charged with suspicion of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances.

In Westville, Indiana, a Westville Correctional Facility guard was arrested last Saturday for allegedly attempting to smuggle drugs and tobacco into the jail. Officer Paul Farkas went down when a before-work search uncovered a pack of cigarettes containing heroin and cocaine. He is charged with trafficking a controlled substance.

In Logansport, Indiana, a Miami County Correctional Facility guard was arrested Monday on charges she was smuggling drugs into the jail. Guard Heaven Fair went down after authorities received a tip she was trafficking drugs and pulled her over in her car. The Cass County Drug Task Force recovered 164 suboxone strips on her person and 29 grams of meth at her home. She is charged with dealing meth, possession of meth, maintaining a common nuisance, dealing in a schedule III substance and possession of a schedule III substance.

In Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, a former Adams County probation officer was arrested Tuesday for fabricating drug test results of a probationer as part of an effort to get into her pants. Wyatt Mowery, 23, sent inappropriate text messages to the woman and tried to persuade her to have an intimate relationship with him. He is charged with 10 misdemeanor counts of records and evidence tampering and obstruction of law.

In Baltimore, a Baltimore police officer was indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury after public defenders several months ago released a body camera video they said showed him planting drugs in an empty soup can. Officer Richard Pinheiro now faces federal charges of fabricating evidence and official misconduct. The video shows an officer appearing to put the can in a trash-strewn lot, then call his fellow officers over as he pretends to discover the stash.

This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

A state prison guard, a small town cop, and an Arkansas prosecutor's investigator all go down. Let's get to it:

In Little Rock, Arkansas, an investigator for the Arkansas County Prosecutor's Office was arrested December 19 on charges he used informants he supervised to commit illegal acts for his benefit. Charles David Chastain allegedly directed his informants to steal guns and an ATV for his personal use, as well as using them to purchase a stolen truck from a known drug trafficker. When the FBI raided his home, they found the guns, the ATV, and the truck, along with an eighth-ounce of methamphetamine. It's not clear what the formal criminal charges are.

In Bella Vista, Arkansas, a Bella Vista police officer was arrested Tuesday for snatching pills from the evidence room. Officer Clayton Roberts, 36, went down after coworkers noticed that photos of pills seized during arrests did not match the pills found in the evidence room. Roberts was apparently taking prescription opioids and replacing them with diuretics and other drugs. He is charged with suspicion of tampering with physical evidence and controlled substances.

In Dover, Delaware, a state prison guard was sentenced last Thursday to 30 months in federal prison for smuggling drugs and cell phones into the J.T Vaughan Correctional Center. Paul Hursey had admitted to smuggling in at least 130 golf ball-sized packages of heroin to the prison, as well as more than 30 cell phones. In return, he made about $2,300. It's not clear what charges he actual pleaded to.

This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

A Tennessee deputy goes down for bribing a drug dealer and then trying to kill him, a former South Carolina narcotics commander gets nailed for stealing money from the department, and more. Let's get to it:

In Port Everglades, Florida, a Broward County sheriff's deputy was arrested Monday for alleged involvement with a drug trafficking organization. Deputy Albury Burrows, 47, was one of 15 people arrested in a DEA bust of the organization. He faces 10 counts, including racketeering, tampering with evidence, owning a place for the purpose of trafficking drugs, and using a two-way communication device to facilitate a felony. Authorities said Burrows helped one of the traffickers "by advising him on law-enforcement tactics, as part of ongoing efforts to avoid detection and prosecution for crimes committed in furtherance of the unlawful enterprise." This isn't Burrows' first arrest on the job. In 2010, detectives arrested him for allegedly stealing $1,200 from a marijuana grow house, but he beat that rap.

In Greenwood, South Carolina, a former Greenwood County narcotics officer pleaded guilty last Wednesday to misconduct in office for stealing money from the county's drug enforcement unit for personal use. Brandon Richard Strickland was the former commander of the Greenwood County Sheriff's Office narcotics division, but stole something less than $10,000 from the department over a six-month period in 2015. Strickland was then sentenced to one year in prison, with all but one day suspended.

In Memphis, a former Shelby County sheriff's deputy was convicted last Thursday of taking money from a drug dealer and trying to have a witness killed. Jeremy Drewery was convicted of taking a bribe from a drug dealer to let him go free, but the drug dealer then went to the FBI, which recorded the pair's interactions, including the delivery of a cash bribe. After Drewery was arrested, he then tried to get an informant to find out how to kill the drug dealer. Drewery was convicted of a federal charge of solicitation to tamper with a witness, one count of Hobbs Act extortion and one count of receipt of a bribe by a government agent.

In Chicago, a former Chicago police officer was sentenced last Wednesday to five years in prison for leaking details of an undercover drug investigation to a friend who was a target of the probe. Ronald T. Coleman, an 18-year veteran of the force, had been convicted of obstruction of justice after warning his friend to move drugs from a house to avoid a looming raid.

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.

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