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A sticky-fingered Michigan detective finally faces justice, a Minnesota narcotics officer gets nailed for driving doped up, and more. Let's get to it:

In Hazel Park, Michigan, a former Hazel Park police detective was arrested last Wednesday for allegedly embezzling more than $68,000 in seized drug money. Sean Boucher, 45, is accused of filching the funds between 2013 and 2017. He was suspended from the department in 2017 and resigned shortly thereafter. He is now finally being charged with conducting a criminal enterprise, embezzlement between $50,000 and $100,000, and five counts of embezzlement of more than $50 as a public official.

In Pelham, Georgia, a state prison guard was arrested last Thursday after coworkers detected a strong odor of marijuana as she attempted to enter the facility. Officer Kimbrya Almond then consented to a search, which revealed marijuana, rolling papers, pajamas, and a package of gummi bears with an odor of alcohol. She was then arrested by the Mitchell County Sheriff's Office.

In Lyons, New York, a Wayne County Jail guard was arrested last Thursday for allegedly peddling drugs to prisoners. Guard Seth Welch, 26, went down after an internal investigation at the jail, and now faces charges of first-degree promoting prison contraband and second-degree receiving reward for official misconduct, as well as misdemeanor counts of second-degree promoting prison contraband, official misconduct, and fourth-degree criminal sale of marijuana.

In Farmington, Missouri, a former Desloges police officer was arrested last Thursday on multiple drug charges. George Bradley "Brad" Judge Jr., 49, had been the subject of in investigation by a state drug task force and the FBI and resigned from the force after his home was raided in October. During the raid, police found more than 30 grams of methamphetamine, as well as heroin, hydrocodone, oxycodone, methadone, morphine, alprazolam, diazepam, clonazepam, lorazepam, tramadol, chlordiazepoxide, and zolpidem. Some pills were in prescription bottles with other people's names on them. A total of 14 counts of possession of a controlled substance and one count of second-degree trafficking drugs were included in the charging documents.

In Fergus Falls, Minnesota, an Ottertail County police narcotics investigator was arrested Monday after he got caught driving his squad car while under the influence of fentanyl. Sheriff's Deputy Kelly Blackman, 43, was on the job when he engaged in a pursuit with a fugitive, who eventually crashed into another car, killing an elderly couple. Blackman refused to submit a voluntary blood sample, but one was eventually taken, and it came back positive for fentanyl. He now faces one count of fourth-degree DWI and one count of public officer misconduct. And some cases he was involved in are now being looked at anew after an investigation showed he did not log some seized drug paraphernalia into evidence.

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Yet another Baltimore cop heads to prison in the Gun Trace Task Force scandal, a small-town Maine cop gets popped peddling pills to a female high school student, and more. Let's get to it:

In Jeffersonville, Georgia, a former Twiggs County sheriff's deputy was arrested February 2 for stealing more than $1,500 in cash being held as evidence in a drug case. William "Chip" Samuel Stokes, 51, a major in the sheriff's office until he was fired February 1, allegedly made off with money seized in a December traffic stop after it went missing from the evidence room. He is charged with theft and violating his oath of office.

In Harrington, Maine, a former Calais police officer was arrested last Friday for allegedly giving drugs to a teenage girl near a local high school. Jeffrey Bishop, 53, went down after a basketball coach found hydrocodone pills and three bags of fentanyl powder on a 17-year-old female student. Bishop was arrested days later and is charged with five separate drug-related offenses. He resigned two days before he was arrested and at last report was being held at the Aroostook County jail with bail set at $30,000 cash.

In Lincoln, Nebraska, a Lincoln Correctional Center guard was arrested last Friday after getting caught delivering marijuana to an inmate. Officer Xavier Palomares, 24, allegedly conveyed the weed into the prison on the promise of being paid $1,000. He's charged with one felony count: unlawful conveyance of an article to an inmate.

In Baltimore, a former Baltimore police officer was sentenced Monday to 14 months in federal prison for lying to federal agents about his role in a broad-ranging scandal where numerous officers have been arrested and convicted for selling cocaine seized by the police department. Former detective Ivo Louvado, 47, participated in a drug bust where 44 kilos of cocaine were seized, but only 41 turned into evidence. The rest was sold by police informants on the black market. He pleaded guilty to intentionally misleading a federal agent.

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A North Carolina cop gets 'roided, a Baltimore cop is the latest to go down in the Gun Trace Task Force scandal, and more.

In Clayton, North Carolina, a former Clayton police officer was arrested January 19 for making and selling a muscle growth-promoting steroid. Owen Phillips, 40, went down after local police and prosecutors asked the State Bureau of Investigation to look into allegations he neglected his official duties and was dealing steroids. He is charged intent to manufacture, sell and deliver testosterone; sale and delivery of testosterone; and manufacture of testosterone. He had been named the Clayton Police Department's Officer of the Year in 2015 and the Town of Clayton's Employee of the Year in 2017. He resigned from the department in August, days before the investigation against him was opened.

In Angola, Louisiana, an Angola State Prison guard was arrested January 20 after he was caught bringing marijuana into the prison hidden in a disinfectant wipe container. Guard Janice Coney, 52, a 15-year veteran, is charged with bringing contraband into a prison and possessing an illegal drug.

In Baltimore, a former Baltimore police officer was sentenced Tuesday to more than a year in federal prison for his role in the Gun Trace Task Force scandal. Victor Rivera, 48, was part of a group of crooked cops who seized cocaine and then sold it through their informants and split the proceeds. Rivera went down for lying to the feds about it: He was convicted of making false statements to a federal law enforcement officer in connection with a scheme to sell 3 kg of cocaine seized during a Baltimore police investigation in 2009.

This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

A major federal operation in Georgia sweeps up three prison guards, three Virgin Island cops are in hot water after a planeload of cocaine got caught in Miami, and more.

In Miami, three current and former US Virgin Islands police officers were arrested last Tuesday after one of them landed in a charter plane loaded with 700 pounds of cocaine. Officer Shakim Mike was aboard the plane and faces drug trafficking conspiracy charges. Officers Teshawn Adams Jakelah Adolphine have also been detained and charged with one count each of attempting to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance.

In Waycross, Georgia, three state prison guards were arrested last Wednesday as part of a federal investigation into methamphetamine and fentanyl trafficking that led to 48 overall indictments. Idalis Qua Dazia Harrell, 24, a guard at Coffee County Correctional Facility, was charged drug trafficking and possession with intent to distribute marijuana; Jessica Azaelae Burnett, 41, a senior guard at Coffee County Correctional Facility, was charged with drug trafficking and unlawful use of a communication facility; and Ebony Desiree Smith, 24, a guard at Wheeler State Prison, was charged with drug trafficking. Dubbed Operation Sandy Bottom, the investigation targeted a subset of the Gangster Disciples.

In Angola, Louisiana, a state prison guard cadet was arrested last Friday after being caught with a load of contraband when another guard reported she had a "suspicious demeanor" upon entering the prison in a state vehicle. Aaronecia Smith, 22, got caught with 25 ecstasy pills, 2.96 ounces of tobacco, 8.04 ounces of methamphetamine/fentanyl, 7 grams of heroin, 3.93 pounds of marijuana, 25 cellphones, one Wi-Fi hotspot, 23 USB cords, 20 charging blocks, 25 packs of cigarette rolling papers, five lighters, two pairs of sweatpants, one pack of hair ties and one hair bonnet. She is facing "numerous drug counts."

This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

An Alabama cop gets arrested for meth dealing for the second time in two weeks, a former Virignia police detective is heading to prison for giving a snitch's name to drug dealers, and more. Let's get to it:

In Miami, a Miami-Dade jail guard was arrested last Saturday in a sting operation after he took a $3,000 bribe from an undercover officer to bring cocaine into the correctional facility. Guard Travis Thompson was arrested upon taking possession of the cocaine and cash. He is charged with one count of cocaine trafficking.

In Flomaton, Alabama, a Flomaton police officer was arrested last Monday on meth trafficking charges just a week after he was arrested on similar charges across the state line in Florida. Lt. Isaac Lopez, 36, went down a second time after taking possession of two ounces of meth from an undercover Florida officer. He's facing Alabama charges of trafficking methamphetamine and using a two-way communication device to facilitate a felony.

In Tuskegee, Alabama, a Macon County jail guard was arrested Tuesday for helping inmates smuggle contraband into the jail. Guard Jacorey Penn, 25, allegedly unlocked the jail's back door to let inmates receive contraband that included cellphones, marijuana, cocaine, pills, alcohol and tobacco. He is charged with promoting contraband.

In Newport News, Virginia, a former Hampton police detective was sentenced Monday to six years in prison for providing the name of an informant to a cocaine trafficking organization under investigation. DeAngelo Freeman, 32, worked for the Special Investigations Unit as he conspired with local dealers, naming the informant and providing other information about the investigation to the dealers. He earlier pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine.

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A western Pennsylvania deputy had a most interesting stash hidden behind his basement wall, a south Alabama small town police officer tries his hand at meth dealing, and more. Let's get to it:

In Susquehanna, Pennsylvania, a Dauphin County sheriff's deputy was arrested last Tuesday after a search of his home uncovered firearms, drugs, and thousands of dollars in cash hidden behind a wall in his basement. Deputy Christopher Reid, 27, went down after a months-long investigation by Susquehanna Township police. The search turned up 11 guns, a half-pound of marijuana, and $28,000 in cash. He is facing a felony drug manufacturing/delivery charge, a misdemeanor drug charge, and a charge of endangering the welfare of children.

In Fulton, Missouri, a state prison guard was arrested last Tuesday for plotting to smuggle drugs into the prison there. Officer Randi Duvall, 35, went down after an investigation by the local sheriff's office, the Department of Corrections, and the US Postal Inspection Service. Postal inspectors tracked a suspicious package to Duvall's post office box, prompting a deputy to meet with Duvall, who then confessed. She is charged with the Class E felony of acceding to corruption.

In El Paso, Texas, an El Paso police officer was arrested last Friday for allegedly helping a cocaine dealer by running license plates of undercover police vehicles doing surveillance on him. Officer Monica Garcia was trying to thwart a DEA investigation of a dealer, and for her efforts, she now faces charges of conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute, conspiracy to unlawfully use a communication facility and conspiracy to maintain a drug-involved premise. She's looking at up to 20 years in federal prison.

In Pensacola, Florida, a south Alabama police officer was arrested Monday after being caught in a sting in which he was attempting to purchase meth for resale. Lt. Isaac Lopez, 36, of the Flomaton Police Department, is now charged with drug trafficking and using a two-way communication device to facilitate a felony. He was still sitting in the Escambia County Jail in Florida at last report.

In Greenbelt, Maryland, a former state prison guard was sentenced last Tuesday to 27 months in federal prison for smuggling drugs and other contraband into the Maryland Correctional Institute at Jessup in exchange for cash payments. Janel Martin had earlier pleaded guilty to federal racketeering charges. She is the third state prison guard to be convicted a broad anti-smuggling case that also saw nine other people charged.

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It's all jail and prison guards gone bad this week. Let's get to it:

In La Grange, Kentucky, a state prison guard was arrested Monday after she was caught with a large quantity of drugs at the prison. Guard Ashley Scrogham Sanford, 25, was found with two different drugs and investigators found she had been paid for smuggling them in. She is charged with trafficking in a controlled substance, trafficking in synthetic drugs, possession of a controlled substance, possession of synthetic drugs, promoting contraband, and official misconduct.

In Rome, Georgia, a former prison guard pleaded guilty last Friday to taking bribes to smuggle methamphetamine, marijuana and tobacco into the Floyd County Correctional Facility. Former guard Michael L. Jones, 31, supervised inmates at a recycling center and used that position to collect packages of drugs from inmate family members (usually for $200 a package) and give them to inmates working at the center, who would then smuggle them back into the jail. He was charged with conspiratorial drug trafficking and extortion under the color of official right. He pleaded guilty to both.

In Valdosta, Georgia, a former Valdosta State Prison guard was sentenced last Wednesday to 46 months in federal prison for smuggling meth and cellphones into the prison. Melissa Crawford, 53, went down after somebody snitched her out and her vehicle was subjected to a "random" search as she arrived at work. She first attempted to drive off, nearly hitting another guard, but was stopped and admitted she was carrying drugs. A car search turned up nearly an ounce of meth, some marijuana, and four cellphones. She had previously pleaded guilty to one count of methamphetamine distribution.

This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

Our law enforcement rogues' gallery this week yields an embarrassment of riches. Let's get to it:

In Baltimore, three guards at the city's federal jail were arrested October 21 after a grand jury indicted them and four inmates in an ongoing scheme to smuggle drugs, cell phones, and other contraband into the jail. The arrested guards are Andre Davis, 35, Darren Parker, 45, and Talaia Youngblood, 35. The exact charges they face were not specified.

In Franklin, Indiana, a Johnson County probation officer was arrested October 21 for having sex with a woman probationer he supervised and tampering with her drug test. Community Corrections Officer Evan Hill, 50, admitted to the sexual relationship, but denied having actual intercourse and denied dumping her positive drug test sample and recording it as negative. He is charged with felony official misconduct and felony sexual misconduct.

In Clinton, Louisiana, a Dixon Correctional Institute prison guard was arrested October 27 for trying to smuggle drugs to inmates at the prison. Jamenisha Huff got caught placing sheets of paper treated with synthetic cannabinoids in a waste basket in the visitors' bathroom. She is charged with one count each of introduction of contraband into a penal facility and malfeasance in office.

In Miami, a Miami-Dade police officer was arrested October 30 for allegedly protecting shipments of cocaine through the city. Officer Rod Flowers, the son of Bal Harbor Police Chief Raleigh Flowers, was taken into custody by DEA agents. It's not clear what the exact charges are.

In Louisville, a Louisville Metro Police officer was arrested last Friday for seizing pot from people and then giving it to a woman "he had a relationship with." Officer Tyler Gelnett repeatedly seized marijuana and gave it to the woman from December 2019 through April 30, 2020. He faces one count of official conduct and one count of marijuana trafficking. He isalso facing a pending lawsuit from a woman who claims Gelnett groped her during a traffic stop.

In Minneapolis, a former Minneapolis police officer was arrested last Friday on charges that he used his position as a street cop to steal meth, heroin, oxycodone, and other drugs for his own personal use. Ty Raymond Jindra, 28, stole drugs by means of "deception, extortion, and conducting unconstitutional searches and seizures," according to a grand jury indictment. He would seize drugs during searches while his partner wasn't looking and then fail to turn them in and is also accused of skimming from bags of drugs turned in by a concerned citizen before logging them into evidence. He faces six counts of acquiring controlled substances by deception, two counts of extortion under color of official right and three counts of deprivation of rights under color of law. He left the department on October 23.

In Jacksonville, a Jacksonville Sheriff's Office jail guard was arrested Sunday for smuggling drugs into the jail. Hunter Jean, 24, went down after a jail inmate reported him to authorities, and he was caught coming to work with a package of marijuana and methamphetamine. He is charged with three felonies: delivery of methamphetamine, delivery of marijuana and introduction of contraband into a detention facility. He resigned his position upon being arrested.

In New York City, an NYPD officer was arrested Monday on charges he played a major role in a drug ring that imported hundreds of kilograms of cocaine into the city from January 2016 until last month. Officer Amaury Abreu, 34, led a group that sent couriers from the Dominican Republic to JFK Airport, where a crooked Customs and Border Patrol officer would escort the shipments through customs. Serving in the NYPD for nine years, Abreu has been suspended without pay, according to a department spokesperson.

In Greensburg, Pennsylvania, the Seward Police Chief was arrested Tuesday for coercing sex from a woman who was facing a marijuana paraphernalia charge. Chief Robert Baldwin, 49, offered to "work out" her situation for her if she would have sex with him. The woman said didn't want to have sex with Baldwin but feared arrest if she didn't. He is charged with obstruction of justice, hindering apprehension and official oppression.

In Houston, a former Harris County deputy constable pleaded guilty October 24 to transporting hundreds of thousands of dollars in drug proceeds on multiple occasions and transporting drugs on at least one occasion. Betty Molina admitted being paid $30,000 for her efforts. She was initially charged with conspiracy, possession, and money laundering, but ended up pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin. She's looking at a mandatory minimum 10 years in federal prison.

In Baltimore, a former Baltimore police officer pleaded guilty last Friday in a case where he and two other officers were accused of not turning in a portion of a cocaine seizure and instead selling three kilograms of cocaine to a confidential informant who was a drug dealer. Ivo Louvado, 47, admitted receiving $10,000 as his share of the proceeds. He copped to one count of making false statements to federal agents. He's looking at a maximum five-year federal prison sentence.

In Houston, a former Border Patrol agent was sentenced last Tuesday to nearly 16 years in federal prison for his role in a cocaine distribution scheme. Daniel Polanco, 39, was involved in the distribution of 15 kilograms of cocaine in 2013, and the investigation into that plot eventually led to the arrest and prosecution of 20 people, including six law enforcement officers. He was convicted of cocaine distribution and making false statements.

In Macon, Georgia, a former Valdosta State Prison guard was sentenced last Friday to 46 months in federal prison after being caught with methamphetamine, marijuana, and cell phone packed in Ziploc bags in her vehicle as she arrived for work. Melissa Crawford, 53, went down after prison investigators got word she would be smuggling drugs into the prison the following day and then searched her vehicle. She then admitted smuggling drugs and other contraband on at least four occasions. It's not clear what exact charges she pled to.

This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

It's jail guards gone wild, an Idaho city marshal gets nailed for peddling pot on duty, a South Carolina deputy heads to federal prison after getting caught in a drug sting, and more. Let's get to it:

In Bellevue, Idaho, the city marshal was arrested last Tuesday after Idaho State Police investigators got a tip he was peddling pot while on duty. Marshal William Scaggs, 36, was arrested at the county courthouse and is charged with felony delivery of a controlled substance.

In Lisbon, Ohio, a Colombiana County Jail guard was arrested last Friday for allegedly smuggling drugs into the jail. Guard Jordan Thurmond went down after authorities heard allegations about drugs in the jail and searched Thurmond, finding amphetamines, Oxycodone, and marijuana in his backpack. He is charged with illegal conveyance of prohibited items.

In May's Landing, New Jersey, an Atlantic Justice Facility jail guard was arrested last Friday for allegedly smuggled drugs and cellphones into the jail. Guard Luis Mercado, 25, went down after an investigation by local authorities and is now charged with second-degree misconduct.

In Orangeburg, South Carolina, a former Orangeburg County sheriff's deputy was sentenced last Wednesday to four years in federal prison after being snared in a drug sting. Stanley Lavalle Timmons was one of several officers who agreed to guard a semi-trailer truck they believed was filled with drugs, but was really part of an FBI sting. He was originally charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime, but eventually agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy several months prior to sentencing.

In Atlanta, Georgia, a former state prison guard was sentenced last Friday to 10 years in federal prison for drug trafficking. Lakesia Harden went down after police went to a residence she shared with her boyfriend to arrest him for a probation violationand found two small packages containing methamphetamine and 10 containing marijuana. The packages were wrapped to be smuggled into prison. In October 2019 she was convicted of one count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana and methamphetamine.

In Bolivar, Tennessee, a former Hardeman County jail guard was sentenced Tuesday to five years in federal prison after he was found guilty of smuggling drugs into the jail. Former guard Shontavis Rivers, 21, went down when a drug dog alerted on him as he arrived at work. Under questioning my local police officers, he admitted he had meth and cocaine on him and that he had smuggled drugs on two prior occasions.

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A group of New Jersey jail guards partied too hearty, an Alabama cop gets caught with cocaine and marijuana, and more. Let's get to it:

In Birmingham, Alabama, a Hoover police officer was arrested last Tuesday after a traffic stop turned into a drug bust. Officer Barry Stamps, 56, and his wife, Mary, got caught with 27 grams of cocaine, five grams of marijuana, and two handguns.Both were charged with possession with intent to distribute, 2nd degree unlawful possession of marijuana, and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

In Walterboro, South Carolina, a Georgia prison guard was arrested last Friday after deputies found him asleep in his car with $35,000 worth of drugs. Guard Herbert Mitchell, 36, went down after his vehicle was reported blocking traffic and responding deputies said they found drugs in plain sight. Those drugs totaled 195 grams of methamphetamine and 305 grams of marijuana. He is charged with trafficking methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

In Fort Lee, New Jersey, five Morris County corrections officers pleaded guilty last Friday to various drug charges after admitting they used and shared drugs, including cocaine, together. Corrections officers Dominick Andico, 33, Albert Wyman IV, 36, Robert Busold, 27, Brian T. Rzucidlo, 35, and Sheriff's Officer Nicholas Ricciotti, 31, were forced to resign and will undergo mandatory drug treatment. Andico and Wyman also pleaded guilty to obstruction for using the department's database to conduct an unauthorized search of sellers, Knapp said. Ricciotti was found with Oxycodone pills. Sentencing is set for November 12.

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