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This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

Ohio narcs go down for a shady scheme, South Carolina cops get snared in a sting, jailers go bad all over the place, and more. Let's get to it:

In Port Clinton, Ohio, two former Ottawa County Drug Task Force agents and a sheriff's deputy were arrested October 27 for alleged misconduct around the unlawful sales of weapons and covering it up. Carl Rider, 55, a former task force commander, is charged with unlawful transaction in weapons, theft in office and a misdemeanor count of falsification. Donald St. Clair, 50, was charged with three counts of perjury. Ottawa County Sheriff’s Deputy James Hanney Jr., 46, was also charged with two counts of perjury after he was accused of the same offense.

In San Antonio, a former Bexar County sheriff's deputy was arrested October 28 for using his position on the dope squad to try to coax sexual favors from suspects. Ramon Rivera, 47, is charged with official oppression.

In Los Angeles, a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy was arrested October 29 for allegedly lying about a marijuana warehouse robbery involving another deputy. Deputy Bradley Scott Dietze, 45, is accused of lying to LAPD officers investigating the theft of 1,200 pounds of weed and $645,000 in cash. He is charged with a misdemeanor count of resisting, delaying or obstructing a peace officer and could face up to a year in county jail, prosecutors said. The sheriff's deputy involved in the theft, Deputy Marc Antrim, now faces a federal charge of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances that carries a maximum possible sentence of 40 years in prison.

\In Angola, Louisiana, an Angola state prison guard trainee was arrested October 31 for trying to smuggle marijuana and cell phones into the prison. Cadet guard Diodelda Anderson, 49, went down after a search of her vehicle uncovered 17 grams of pot, 6 ounces of synthetic cannabinoids, three cell phones, and other contraband. She is charged with malfeasance in office and introduction of contraband into a penal institution.

In Graham, North Carolina, an Alamance County prison guard was arrested November 1 along with eight others in a scheme to get drugs to inmates in state prisons. The drug in question was suboxone. The prison guard arrested is Lauren Del Zimmerman, 31. He is charged with conspiracy to sell and deliver a schedule III controlled substance.

In Hamilton, Ohio, a former Warren County jail guard was sentenced last Monday to three years in prison for dealing drugs on the job. Daniel Garvey had been arrested en route to work in February and pleaded guilty to a trafficking charge in September.

In Kenosha, Wisconsin, a Kenosha County sheriff's deputy was arrested Wednesday for possessing marijuana after he stopped a driver, followed him to a marijuana grow operation, questioned him about it, then told him to say the deputy had never been there. Deputy Brian J. Houtsinger, 32, went down after authorities searched his patrol vehicle and found 13 grams of weed, a digital scale, and packaging materials in the trunk. He is also accused of seizing marijuana in another traffic stop, but not reporting it. He is charged with marijuana possession and dereliction of duty.

In Columbia, South Carolina, three former Orangeburg police officers pleaded guilty October 27 after being ensnared in an FBI sting where they thought they were aiding Mexican drug cartels. All three agreed to use their official vehicles to escort what they thought were loads of cartel cash and cartel drugs. Allan Hunter, 51, a former police officer in the town of Springfield, pleaded guilty to numerous charges connected with taking bribes to protect the fake cartel’s drug-trafficking operations. Nathaniel Shazier III, 29, a former Orangeburg County sheriff’s deputy, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to guard the fake cartel’s trucks. Stanley Timmons, 44, a former Orangeburg County sheriff’s deputy, pleaded guilty to being part of a conspiracy to guard the fake cartel’s trucks. They're all looking at between five and 20 years in federal prison.

This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

A Louisiana narc with a pain pill habit goes down, a Texas school resource officer gets caught pilfering pain pills, and more. Let's get to it:

In Lockhart, Texas, a former Lockhart police officer was arrested Friday for stealing pain pills from a junior high school nurse's office. Chad Corbitt, who had previously served as the School Resource Officer at Lockhart Junior High School, was charged with theft of a controlled substance from a clinic. He went down after the nurse reported missing pills, and video surveillance showed him entering the office after hours in civilian clothes.

In Las Vegas, Nevada, a Las Vegas Metro Police detective was arrested Saturday after being caught with drugs in his personal vehicle. Detective Joseph Rinetti, 46, who also serves on a US Marshals Task Force, is charged with selling or transporting a controlled substance, destroying and concealing evidence and misconduct of a public officer. He's out on bail.

In Covington, Louisiana, a former St. Tammany's Parish narcotics officer was sentenced Wednesday to two years in state prison for alerting drug dealers, including one who was supplying him with oxycodone, that they were the subjects of an undercover operation by the sheriff's office. Jordan Hollenbeck was convicted of three counts of malfeasance in office.

In Rome, Georgia, a former Hays State Prison guard pleaded guilty Monday to smuggling methamphetamine and other drugs to inmates. Voltaire Peter Pierre admitted smuggling meth, cocaine, marijuana, and other drugs in soup containers and other innocuous containers, with prisoners paying him via a payment app. He copped to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, crack cocaine, and marijuana and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine on premises where a minor resides. No sentencing date was provided.

This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

A Georgia narc gets in trouble for his sticky fingers, a Philadelphia narc uses a confiscated Porsche for his stepdaughter's prom pictures, and more. Let's get to it:

In Lawrenceville, Georgia, a former Gwinnett County deputy was arrested last Wednesday for allegedly using his position on a federal narcotics task force to steal cocaine and methamphetamine. Antoine Riggins faces federal charges of stealing cocaine and methamphetamine, as well as multiple counts of making false statements to cover up his thefts. Riggins was assigned to transport seized drugs to the evidence vault but would repeatedly take some for himself.

In Philadelphia, a Philadelphia police narcotics officer was arrested last Thursday for using a 2018 Porsche he confiscated during a drug investigation to drive his stepdaughter to take photos for her school prom. James Coolen Jr., 45, is charged with unauthorized use of an automobile and misapplication of entrusted property, both second-class misdemeanors. He resigned from the department last Wednesday to avoid being fired.

In Senath, Missouri, a Senath police officer was arrested last Friday after a traffic stop turned up meth, drug paraphernalia, and a bunch of guns. Officer Freddie Williams, 38, faces one count of class C felony possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and nine counts of class E felony unlawful use of a weapon. Williams is also the former police chief in Cardwell, Missouri.

In Springville, Alabama, a St. Clair Correctional Facility guard was arrested Tuesday after a work vehicle search found 138 grams of methamphetamine and 16 grams of heroin in his car as he came to work. Ivan Caldwell, 26, is charged with two counts of trafficking in controlled substances, promoting prison contraband, and violation of license to carry a pistol. He has resigned as a correctional officer.

This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

A rapey reserve officer is in hot water in Louisiana, an NYPD officer who moonlighted as a bodyguard for El Chapo's wife gets nailed in a sting, an Indiana hospital cop gets caught with his fingers in the pain pill jar, and more. Let's get to it:

n New York City, an NYPD officer was arrested last Wednesday in a drug sting. Officer Ishmael Bailey, who recently moonlighted as a bodyguard for the wife of Sinaloa Cartel head Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's wife during his trial, went down after being caught transporting cocaine for an undercover officer posing as a drug dealer. He is charged with selling and possessing cocaine, as well as receiving bribes, conspiracy and official misconduct.

In Muncie, Indiana, a former Indiana University Ball Memorial Hospital police officer was arrested last Thursday for allegedly stealing pain medications from a hospital safe. Michael Goldsmith, 30, went down after surveillance video implicated him in the theft of 141 opioid pain pills. He is charged with official misconduct, obtaining a controlled substance by fraud or deceit, theft and possession of a controlled substance.

In Merryville, Louisiana, a Merryville police reserve officer was arrested Monday on charges he gave drugs to a 16-year-old boy and then sexually assaulted him. Reserve Officer Roland Harrison, 38, faces charges of rape and drug possession. He also faces four counts of unauthorized use of movables, for taking police gear including uniforms without authorization.

In Harvest, Alabama, a state prison guard was arrested Tuesday after he got caught trying to smuggle drugs into the Limestone Correctional Facility. Officer Travis Wales, 39, got caught with a Subutex pill, a bag of methamphetamine, and a bottle of synthetic urine substitute (for passing drug tests). He is charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance and promoting prison contraband after a drug dog found the contraband in Wales' possession.

This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

A rogue DEA agent cops a plea, a former Detroit cop gets nailed as a dope dealer, and more. Let's get to it:

In New York City, an NYPD school safety agent was arrested Friday after she was caught with three pounds of marijuana and a stash of cash in her apartment. Agent Iashia Glover, 29, got caught not only with $17,000 in cash, but also $2,390 in counterfeit cash. She is charged with marijuana possession and forgery.

In New York City, a former DEA agent pleaded guilty Monday to participating in a decade long drug conspiracy that smuggled thousands of kilograms of cocaine from Puerto Rico to New York. Fernando Gomez "infiltrated" the DEA in 2011 by lying about his ties to the murderous trafficking ring, then assisted them by, among other things, selling weapons to them and divulging law enforcement information to them. He's looking at up to 20 years in federal prison when sentenced in November.

In Detroit, a former Detroit police officer was convicted Tuesday of being part of a drug trafficking organization -- and was even paid $20,000 for staging a fake arrest. Former officer Christopher Staton, 52, was found to have conspired with traffickers to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute controlled substances, including cocaine and fentanyl. Staton ran license plates and provided other sensitive law enforcement information to the group.

In Mt. Holly, New Jersey, a former state prison guard was sentenced last Friday to seven years in prison after being convicted of smuggling oxycodone, marijuana and tobacco to inmates in exchange for money. Steven Saunders, 51, will be ineligible for parole for five years. He was convicted of conspiracy, official misconduct, bribery in official matters, and acceptance or receipt of unlawful benefit by a public servant for official behavior, as well as possession of oxycodone with intent to distribute and distribution of marijuana, Grewal said.

This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

Two former NYPD cops get a hand-slap for raping an 18-year-old they busted for marijuana, a former DEA agent's crooked activities are going to get him sent away, and more. Let's get to it:

In South Bend, Indiana, a St. Joseph County parole officer was arrested last Wednesdayand accused of soliciting bribes to ensure probationers' drug test results came back negative. Raymontow Davis, 34, is charged with Level 5 felony bribery and Level 6 felony official misconduct. Davis went down after a "cooperating source" went to authorities and told them Davis had discussed taking cash in return for falsifying drug test results. That source provided investigators with call and text message logs showing Davis offering to ensure good test results for $150. He's looking at up to 8 ½ years in prison.

In New York City, two former NYPD detectives pleaded guilty to lesser charges last Thursday after being arrested for raping an 18-year-old Brooklyn woman they had detained on marijuana possession charges. Eddie Martins and Richard Hall were originally charged with rape, sexual assault, and kidnapping, but prosecutors agreed to a plea deal because of "inconsistencies" in the victim's statements. The pair agreed to plea to official misconduct and accepting a bribe and were sentenced to five years' probation.

In Houston, Texas, a former DEA special agent was convicted last Wednesday on seven counts for corrupt activities, including telling an alleged drug dealer to buy a pickup drug valued at $43,000 and then seizing the vehicle for his own use. Former agent Chad Scott was found guilty of two counts of perjury, three counts of obstruction of justice, and two counts of falsifying government records after a seven-day trial. Scott made up fake seizure paperwork for the truck, as well as convincing two drug dealers to falsely testify in federal court about another alleged drug dealer. That man was convicted, but the conviction was overturned after Scott's dirty work came to light. Scott and former DEA Task Force Officer Rodney Gemar were also charged with unlawful conversion of property by a government officer or employee and removing property to prevent seizure. The trial for these charges is scheduled for October 2019.

This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

A Houston narc gets hit with a murder charge for lying to a judge to get a no-knock search warrant in a fatal drug raid, Detroit police raid themselves to gather evidence of corruption in their now disbanded dope squad, and more.

In Detroit, police investigators seized records and computer data last Thursday -- from their own department. The raid was part of an ongoing internal probe into corruption allegations aimed at the department's drug operations. This latest investigation into the Narcotics Section, which was shuttered in 2014 because of rampant corruption, comes after a large shipment of drugs that had been seized in Detroit was switched for another substance by the time it got to Chicago for a court hearing, Craig said. That same day, a longtime narcotics officer, Michael Mosley, was indicted in federal court Thursday on charges related to allegations that he took a bribe from a drug dealer, who left the cash in the backyards of abandoned Detroit houses.

In Houston, a former Houston Police narcotics officer was arrested last Friday on murder charges over his central role in a drug raid that left two innocent homeowners dead and five police officers wounded. Gerald Goines is accused of lying to a judge about an informant buying heroin at a house where the raid occurred so he could obtain a no-knock search warrant. Goines has admitted in court documents there was no informant. No heroin was found at the home of Dennis Tuttle and Rhogena Nicholas, who were both shot multiple times after Tuttle confronted the intruders with a weapon.

In Chesapeake City, Maryland, a Curtis County jail deputy was sentenced Monday to 2 ½ years in federal prison on charges he smuggled heroin, cocaine, cellphone batteries, electronic cigarettes and superglue into the jail. Deputy Jenis Leroy Plummer Jr., 34, went down after jail officials grew suspicious and placed him under surveillance. They then saw him pick up a package containing electronic cigarettes, two baggies of white powder, and a container of KrazyClue. In all, Plummer smuggled about an ounce of heroin and an ounce of cocaine into the jail, netting himself about $6,500.

This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

A California police department pays for its crooked cops' misbehavior, a former Rio Grande Valley cop heads to prison for escorting drug shipments, and more.

In Rohnert Park, California, the Rohnert Park Police Department settled a lawsuit Monday against it by paying out $415,000 to a man who was stopped and had pounds of legal marijuana seized by city police operating well outside their jurisdiction. A second lawsuit alleging similar corrupt activities by Rohnert Park police was filed on Tuesday. A number of drivers have come forward to say that those officers stopped and threatened them and unlawfully seized their legal marijuana.

In Charleston, West Virginia, a former state prison guard pleaded guilty last Wednesday in a scheme to smuggle methamphetamine into jail. John Edward Roach II entered the plea in federal court to possession with intent to distribute meth. Roach was paid $2,000 and given four ounces of meth by an undercover agent posing as a drug trafficker and was arrested before the meth was taken to the jail.

In Rio Grande City, Texas, a former Rio Grande City police officer was sentenced last Monday to 14 years in federal prison for assisting drug traffickers. Ramon De La Cruz was convicted of escorting drug shipments while on duty in an investigation that lasted six years and resulted in the convictions of 23 people.

This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

A Florida deputy goes rogue, an Arkansas volunteer narcotics deputy uses snitches to steal stuff, a Georgia narcotics officer manages to destroy the local dope squad, and more. Let's get to it:

In Sunnyvale, California, a San Jose police officer was arrested last Friday on drug and firearms charges. Officer John Tompkins, 48, went down after information gathered in another drug bust led to him. Police obtained a search warrant for his home and discovered drugs and guns in his possession.

In Stuart, Florida, a former Martin County sheriff's deputy was arrested Monday for falsifying drug arrests during traffic stops. Steven O'Leary wrongfully arrested at least 14 people on bogus drug charges, with some of those arrested spending as long as 80 days in jail. He's facing 17 counts of official misconduct, 13 counts of false imprisonment, nine counts of making false statements, eight counts of tampering with evidence, one count of petty theft, and one count of battery (for kicking a man during an unlawful arrest).

In Little Rock, Arkansas, a former volunteer Arkansas County sheriff's deputy was sentenced last Thursday to 30 months in federal prison for extorting confidential informants to steal an ATV and firearms. Charles David Chastain, 48, had been assigned to the Tri-County Drug Task Force, where he used confidential informants to develop drug cases. He then threatened the snitches with refusing to give them credit for cooperating unless they stole items for him, including an ATV worth $25,000. But one of his snitches snitched him out to the feds. He was convicted of Hobbs Act extortion, attempted Hobbs Act extortion, and receipt of a firearm with intent to commit a felony.

In Brunswick, Georgia, a former Glynn County narcotics officer was sentenced July 20 in a case that caused the implosion of the countywide narcotics squad. James Cassada, copped to two counts of violation of oath of a public officer and agreed to cooperate and testify in future proceedings into the DA's ongoing investigation of the Glynn-Brunswick Narcotics Enforcement Team. Cassada went down after coworkers complained that he had sexual relationships with two confidential informants and his superiors asked the state Bureau of Investigation to conduct an inquiry. That led to disciplinary action against two other narcotics officers and the dissolution of the dope squad. The scandal has so far resulted in 75 drug cases being dismissed. Cassada got 10 years' probation but has to do four to six months in a Probation Detention Center first.

This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

A Florida sheriff's deputy breaks bad, a New Jersey cop probably shouldn't have done heroin on the job, and more. Let's get to it:

In Buena Vista, Colorado, a state corrections officer was arrested July 2 after he was caught bringing a burrito stuffed with drugs to work. Guard Trevor Martineau, 27, went down at the Buena Vista Correctional Facility following a multi-agency investigation sparked by an inmate who snitched him out. Martineau admitted he had drugs in his lunch bag when confronted, and authorities found the burrito stuffed with "roughly 91 grams of meth, 26 grams of heroin and 46 strips of suboxone" -- in addition to "10 strips of buprenorphine naloxone, marijuana wax and six small thumb drives." Martineau admitted he was paid $1,000 to pick up the drugs. Authorities said they found $960 of that at his house. He is charged with first-degree introduction of contraband and three charges of unlawful possession of a controlled substance. He was also charged with one count each of unlawful distribution of meth, heroin and Suboxone.

In Crawfordsville, Florida, a former Jackson County sheriff's deputy was arrested last Wednesday on charges he routinely pulled drivers over for minor traffic infractions, planted drugs in their vehicles, and then arrested them on bogus drug charges. Former Deputy Zachary Foster displayed a pattern of pulling drivers over, claiming he smelled marijuana, then planting baggies of methamphetamine in the cars. Prosecutors have now dropped nearly 120 cases he brought. He is charged with felony counts of racketeering, official misconduct, fabricating evidence, possession of a controlled substance and false imprisonment. He also faces misdemeanor charges of perjury, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

In Franklin Township, New Jersey, a Franklin Township police officer pleaded guilty last Friday to heroin possession and driving while impaired after he suffered a heroin overdose in his patrol car in April. Matthew Ellery had to be revived by a colleague who administered naloxone. As part of the plea deal, Ellery agreed to resign from the police force.

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