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A San Diego deputy has some bad habits, a Florida jail guard was peddling pot brownies to prisoners, and more. Let's get to it:

In Tampa, a Hillsborough County sheriff's detention officer was arrested January 5 for selling marijuana edibles to inmates at the Falkenburg Road Jail. Officer Terry Bradford, Jr., 25, was selling "cannabis-laced edibles" and "other contraband" and was caught with more than a pound of brownies individually packaged for sale. He went down after an inmate snitched him out. He's now been fired, as well as charged with introducing contraband into a detention facility and possession of a controlled substance.

In San Diego, a San Diego County sheriff's deputy was arrested January 7 on a felony warrant for allegedly committing burglaries and possessing drugs. Deputy Cory Richey, a 16-year-veteran of the department, faces 13 counts of burglary and three of drug possession. Authorities said the investigation continues.

In Phoenix, a Maricopa County corrections officer was arrested last Wednesday on suspicion of smuggling fentanyl into the Lower Buckeye Jail. Officer Andres Salazar, 26, was caught with nearly a hundred fentanyl pills in the jail parking lot and is now charged with possession of a narcotic, promoting prison contraband and transport for sale. He is currently on administrative leave.

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A small-town Pennsylvania police chief had a bad habit, an Indiana cop gets caught stealing dope from DEA Drug Take Back campaign, and more. Let's get to it:

In Spencer, Indiana, a Spencer police officer was arrested last Friday for stealing drugs collected during a DEA Drug Take Back campaign. Officer James Bradley Deckard, 39, went down after the state police Investigation Section looked into allegations an officer had taken the drugs. Deckard is charged with official misconduct and theft, both Level 6 Felonies.

In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a former Elizabeth Borough police chief pleaded guilty Tuesday to stealing drugs from an evidence locker. According to federal prosecutors, former Chief Timothy Butler "stole hundreds of bricks and bundles of heroin from the Elizabeth Borough Police Department for his own personal use," and Butler admitted in court that he stole and used the heroin. He pleaded guilty to one count of theft of government property. Butler also pleaded guilty to state charges in August 2019 that included two counts of theft, one count of drug possession, and one count of obstructing the administration of justice. He was sentenced to 55 months' probation on the state charges. He faces sentencing on the federal charge in April.

In Clarksburg, West Virginia, a former state prison guard was sentenced last Wednesday to a year and a day in prison for selling drugs to inmates. Joshua Quinn had pleaded guilty in October to one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and buprenorphine.

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A TSA officer goes down for smuggling meth through LAX, a Georgia deputy was hanging out with the wrong guy, and more. Let's get to it:

In Rome, Georgia, a Cave Springs police officer was arrested December 5 on multiple drug charges. Officer Marvin James Armstrong was arrested alongside another man who also faces multiple drug conspiracy charges. Police said the two were conducting drug transactions. Armstrong is charged with conspiracy to possess fentanyl, methamphetamine, and Percocet.

In Los Angeles, a former TSA officer was sentenced last Friday to six years in federal prison for trying to smuggle methamphetamine through LAX. Former Transportation Security Officer Michael Williams, 39, had pleaded guilty in June to one count of attempted distribution of meth after he was caught in a sting accepting $8,000 for twice smuggling what he thought was meth past security checkpoints at the airport. He would then exchange the fake drugs for cash in a bathroom stall in the airport's secure area, but the man he was bringing his package to was a government agent.

In Clarksburg, West Virginia, a former federal prison guard was sentenced Tuesday to a year and a day in federal prison for selling drugs to inmates. Former guard Joshua Quinn, 28, had pleaded guilty in October to one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and buprenorphine. Quinn admitted smuggling the drugs and other contraband from September 2020 to February 2021.

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A South Texas cop goes down for escorting drug shipments, a Colorado prison guard gets nailed carrying pens full of dope, and more. Let's get to it:

In Canon City, Colorado, a former state prison guard was sentenced last Tuesday to two years' probation for trying to smuggle meth and opioids into the Fremont prison. Kyle Gotham Tatro, 33, pleaded guilty to one count of felony contraband after authorities stopped him on his way to work and seized four plastic pens. One contained 6 grams of meth, two contained 20 grams of opiates, and one contained nine blue oxycodone pills. Tatro admitted being paid $250 to deliver the drugs.

In Bessemer, Alabama, a guard at the William Donaldson Correctional Facility was arrested last Wednesday for his role in a conspiracy to smuggle drugs, cell phones, and other contraband into the jail. Wilson Brian Clemons, 32, faces one count of conspiracy and one count of using a facility in interstate commerce in furtherance of an illegal activity. He is accused of taking bribes to facilitate the smuggling and using a fake name to create an account on Cash App so he could accept bribes anonymously. Clemons went down in November 2021 after he tried to bring cell phones, marijuana, Xanax, cigars, and scales into the facility. Clemons also agreed to forfeit the money he made from the conspiracy. He's looking at up to five years in state prison.

In Brownsville, Texas, a former Brownsville police officer was sentenced Tuesday to eight years in federal prison for providing protection for what he thought was a load of methamphetamine being transported through the city. Jose Salinas had earlier pleaded guilty to trafficking at least one kilogram of meth over a March 2020 incident where he took $2,500 in cash for escorting drugs from a car lot he owed to a stash house he provided. He had parked a city police car in front of the stash house to protect the shipment.

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A Pentagon cop gets nailed peddling cocaine, a Memphis cop goes to prison for ripping off and torturing alleged drug dealers, and more. Let's get to it:

In Lamesa, Texas, a prison guard was arrested October 10 after being caught trying to smuggle liquid PCP and liquid fentanyl into the Lamesa state prison. Guard Gilma Paredes was caught with 17.5 ounces of liquid PCP and 21 ounces of liquid fentanyl as she arrived at work, and authorities found an additional 30.5 ounces of liquid PCP and five ounces of liquid fentanyl in her vehicle.

In Vidalia, Louisiana, a former jail guard was arrested October 13 for smuggling drugs into the Concordia Parish Jail. Now former Correctional Officer Anthony Godbold, 35, is charged with two counts of malfeasance in office, two counts of introducing contraband into jail two counts and possession of schedule I controlled substances with intent to distribute.

In Chickasha, Oklahoma, an Oklahoma City police officer was arrested October 21 on drug dealing charges. Officer Dean Yancy Forbes was booked into the Grady County Jail on unspecified multiple charges, as was his wife, Sandra Joy Forbes. He is now on administrative leave with the Oklahoma City Police Department.

In Easley, South Carolina, a now former Greenville County sheriff's deputy was arrested October 24 on marijuana distribution charges. Deputy Nicholas Craig Ison, 22, went down after providing weed to a confidential informant and was immediately fired as well as arrested. He was booked into the Pickens County Jail.

In Arlington, Virginia, a Pentagon police officer was arrested Monday after narcotics detectives watched him picking up a shipment of cocaine. Officer Eric Welch, 33, went down after Arlington detectives received a tip that he was selling cocaine and caught him as he was restocking his supply. He faces charges of possessing at least 2.5 kilograms of cocaine with intent to distribute and while carrying a firearm. He's looking at up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

In Richland, Washington, a former state prison guard was sentenced October 4 to 46 month in federal prison for conspiring to smuggle drugs and cell phones into the Benton County Jail. Former guard Eric Christian, 34, had pleaded guilty in December 2021 to conspiracy to provide prohibited objects to an inmate of a prison in exchange for bribes. Christian and six codefendants conspired to introduce multiple cell phones, methamphetamine, heroin, suboxone strips, and other contraband into the Benton County Jail. As part of the conspiracy, Christian and his co-conspirators also provided access to dangerous offenders and gang members so that they could identify, assault, and retaliate against cooperating defendants as well as inmates charged with certain types of offenses.

In Columbus, Ohio, a former Columbus vice officer was sentenced October 6 to 18 months in federal prison for planting cocaine on the owner of a strip club. Former Officer Steven Rosser, 46, had been convicted in February of violating the civil rights of club owner Armen Stipanyian by searching him and his vehicle without a warrant and then falsely claiming he found cocaine residue on a desk in Stipanyian's office and arresting him. The planted cocaine amounted to .017 grams. After fraudulently arresting Stipanyian, Rosser falsified documents to conceal his misdeeds. The strip club investigation was an outgrowth of the arrest of adult film star Stormy Daniels at another strip club in the city, and it was FBI agents looking into the Daniels arrests that turned up Rosser's misbehavior. The vice unit that Rosser belonged to was disbanded in 2019 after the Stormy Daniels debacle.

In Machias, Maine, a former Calais police officer was sentenced October 15 to four years in state prison on drug and gun charges after originally being arrested for giving opioid pain pills to a teenage girl in a high school parking lot. The pills were meant for the girl's mother. Jeffrey Bishop, 55, was arrested less than a week after retiring from the department. It is not clear what the exact charges he was convicted of are.

In Memphis, Tennessee, a former Memphis police officer was sentenced Tuesday to 12 years in federal prison for his role in a police gang that robbed and beat alleged drug dealers. Former Officer Sam Blue, 63, conspired with others from 2014 to 2018 to rob drug dealers and provided his coconspirators with information such as the home addresses of their targets obtained from restricted law enforcement sources, as well as police badges and dashboard blue lights.

In one case, the gang targeted Eric Cain, surveilling him and putting a GPS tracker on his vehicle. Blue provided the gate code needed to get access to Cain's apartment complex, and the rogue crew stopped him on the pretext he was being arrested, handcuffed and hooded him, and took him to another house in Memphis, where they beat him and burned him on his arms, neck, and head while demanding he tell them where his money was. Cain escaped and went to authorities after spending a week in the hospital for his injuries. Blue pleaded guilty in January to conspiracy to violate civil rights by using force, violence, and intimidation, and conspiracy to commit robbery affecting interstate commerce.

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This week, it's all jail and prison guards gone wild. Let's get to it:

In Charlotte, North Carolina, an Alexander County jail guard was arrested last Wednesday for allegedly supplying $300,000 worth of suboxone and synthetic marijuana to inmates at the jail. Guard Caroline Nicole Lyon, 29, went down after what authorities said was an extended investigation. She is charged with one account of felony providing drugs to inmates and placed under a $10,000 secure bond.

In Boston, a state prison guard was arrested last Thursday after being found in possession of suboxone as he arrived for work at MCI-Norfolk. Guard Vito Forlano, 44, is charged with possession of a class B drug, as well as distribution of a class B drug and delivering an article to a prisoner. He has been placed on leave and ordered to stay away from the prison.

In Albany, Georgia, a former state prison guard was sentenced Tuesday to five years in federal prison for trying to smuggle drug and cellphones into the Calhoun State Prison. Tempress Johnson, 35, was caught in a prison van with two pounds of meth and eight cellphones and admitted being paid $10,000 for her efforts. She had pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

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An Arkansas cop breaks bad, a North Carolina detective gets nailed for crooked busts, and more. Let's get to it:

In Raleigh, North Carolina, a former Raleigh police detective was arrested on July 29 for a string of wrongful drug arrests he made in 2019 and 2020. Then-Detective Omar Abdullah used an informant on controlled drug buys to arrest Black men on drug trafficking charges. But lab tests showed that the "drugs" the informant used in those transactions were not illegal narcotics and Abdullah failed to record the transactions on video. He was fired from the department in November 2021, and he is now charged with felony obstruction of justice.

In San Antonio, Texas, a former Bexar County jail deputy was arrested last Monday for smuggling drugs to a jail inmate. Mario Sepulveda, 21, went down after the sheriff's office was tipped that he was sneaking meth and synthetic marijuana to an inmate. Authorities then listened to a recorded phone conversation between the inmate and a woman on the outside that revealed the woman would give drugs to Sepulveda and he would be paid through an online app. He is charged with abuse of official capacity between $1,500 and $20,000, a state jail felony, and possession of a controlled substance in a correctional facility, a third-degree felony.

In Fort Lauderdale, Florida, a Broward County jail deputy was arrested last Wednesday for allegedly smuggling drugs into the jail. Deputy Victoria Campos-Marquetti, 21, came to authorities' attention over a relationship with an inmate, and that led to her arrest. She is charged with possessing oxycodone with intent to deliver, unlawful compensation, and committing a second-degree felony while armed.

In Gatesville, Texas, a state prison guard was arrested last Wednesday after being caught with cell phones, various illicit drugs, and other contraband that was destined for the prison. Guard Mederis Shaw, 33, faces being fired from his job and possibly felony charges once the prison system finishes its investigation and refers to the case to its Special Prosecution Unit.

In Carlisle, Pennsylvania, a state prison guard was arrested Monday for allegedly selling drugs to a prisoner. Guard Natalie Greene, 24, went down after authorities got word of drug sales and set up a deal where undercover investigators posed as drug distributors to meet with her. She accepted $1,000 in cash and a package of fake drugs and was then arrested. She is charged with contraband and drug dealing offenses.

In Fayetteville, Arkansas, a former Lowell police officer was sentenced August 18 to more than 12 years in federal prison for slinging meth. Skylar Houston went down after his name came up as the Fourth Judicial District Drug Task Force was investigating a drug trafficking operation. Detectives then conducted two separate controlled meth buys from Houston and then arrested him in April 2021. During a search of his residence, they found over 7 pounds of methamphetamine, approximately 4 pounds of marijuana, 1,485 Xanax pills, LSD, mushrooms and steroids.  Two additional firearms were also seized during execution of the warrant.  The drugs were locked in a safe for future distribution by the organization.  

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A California cop gets nailed for flushing legal weed down a toilet, a Denver sheriff's deputy heads to the slammer for her role in a drug-dealing ring, and more. Let's get to it:

In Bakersfield, California, a senior Bakersfield police officer was arrested last Thursday for -- get this! -- flushing legal marijuana down a toilet. Officer Brendan Thebeau was part of a team of officers who served a search warrant on a residence, where the suspect brandished a weapon at officers and was arrested. When other officers were not looking, Thebeau flushed the pot down the toilet. He went down after a citizen complained and a review of his body camera footage showed him doing so. He is charged with petty theft and is now on administrative leave pending further investigation.

In Anchorage, Alaska, a former Mat-Su prison guard was sentenced last Wednesday to two years in prison for smuggling drugs and cellphones into the Goose Creek Correctional Center. Angela Lincoln pleaded guilty to smuggling suboxone and cellphones to an inmate serving a 100-year sentence and admitted that she allowed "greed to overcome her ethical responsibilities." She also admitted pocketing $30,000 in bribes for her efforts.

In Denver, Colorado, a former Denver County sheriff's deputy was sentenced last Friday to 51 months in federal prison for her role in a drug-selling scheme. Syvlia Montoya, 49, went down after being caught with drugs and cash during a traffic stop. But first, her co-defendant was caught with a stolen, loaded handgun, 8 grams of meth, and 1.6 grams of cocaine during a traffic stop while driving her vehicle. In the second traffic stop weeks later, Montoya and her co-defendant were caught with $3,000 in cash and a plastic bag with a powdery white residue. After that, police searched her apartment and found 102 grams of cocaine, 8 grams of heroin, 27 grams of meth, four digital scales, and $1,342 in cash. Montoya had earlier pleaded guilty to maintaining a residence for the purpose of distributing illegal narcotics.

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A small-town Pennsylvania got too friendly with the local drug dealer, a small-town Ohio cop probably wishes he had maintained domestic bliss, and more. 

In Ironton, Ohio, an Ironton police officer was arrested last Wednesday after a domestic dispute turned into a drug bust. Officer Bradley Spoljaric, 29, went down after Ironton police responded to a morning domestic disturbance call at his home. By that evening, he was arrested and charged with first-degree misdemeanor domestic violence, second-degree felony possession/trafficking in Schedule 1 and Schedule 2 dugs and third-degree felony tampering with evidence. That's about all we know. 

In Dickson City, Pennsylvania, a Dickson City police office was arrested last Thursday for revealing a confidential informant's identity to a drug dealer. Patrolman Brandon Muta, 23, drew suspicions when he grew angry upon learning that another officer's informant had identified a certain man as a meth dealer. Muta told a detective that the dealer sometimes supplied him with information. Days later, that informant reported that the dealer had refused to sell her drugs and called her a "snitch," When interviewed later by the detective, the dealer had revealed the informant's name to him. The dealer also confirmed that he had snitched on other dealers for Muta and that Muta had revealed the identities of other informants. It's not clear what the exact charges against Muta are.

In LaGrange, Georgia, a Troup County Sheriff’s Office detention officer was arrested Tuesday after he got caught bringing drugs into the jail for money. Officer Steven Michael Crowder, 23, went down after allegations were made that he was bringing drugs in for inmates and being paid by a third party. An investigation ensued, and his arrest was the result. He faces four counts of violation of oath by a public officer, four counts of items prohibited for possession by inmates, and one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine

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A South Carolina deputy gets in trouble for his relationship choices, a former small-town Pennsylvania police chief's heroin habit gets him in trouble, and more.

In Walterboro, South Carolina, a former Colleton County sheriff's deputy has resigned after an internal investigation found that he had been in a sexual relationship with "a known drug dealer/user" for the past year. Former Deputy William Janecki, who supervised the department's narcotics team, allegedly rented motel rooms for her and would overlook drugs in her possession during traffic stops with other deputies, as well as letting her know when warrants for her arrest were filed. Janecki has not yet been charged with anything, but the internal investigation has now been turned over to the State Law Enforcement Division, which will determine if any criminal charges are to be filed.

In Elizabeth, Pennsylvania, the former Elizabeth Borough police chief was indicted on federal charges last Wednesday for stealing heroin from the evidence locker. Former Chief Timothy Butler stole heroin evidence and was using it himself for nearly a year-and-a-half. He had already pleaded guilty to state charges for the same offense back in 2019 and skated with 45 months of probation. The feds have now charged him with one count of theft of government property. He was a member of a federal drug task force at the time and the drugs he stole were considered federal seized property.

In Tallahassee, Florida, a former Gadsden County sheriff's deputy was sentenced Tuesday to 10 months in federal prison for lying to a federal official about aiding a drug trafficker in 2018 and 2019 after he plea-bargained down from six charges, including unlawful use of a communication device or facilitate possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance; and intentionally attempting to possess a controlled substance, in this case cocaine. Joseph Barnes, 54, was also linked to a dog-fighting ring but was never charged for that. He went down after an investigation by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, which was told that Barnes would help "large-scale" traffickers by, for example, removing covertly installed tracking devices from their vehicles. An informant then asked Barnes to remove any tracking devices from his vehicle, which he did with FBI agents watching. He also provided expertise on how to defeat drug dogs. When he was questioned by the FBI, he lied about it, and that is what he is going to prison for.

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