Chicago-Area Cops Nabbed in Federal Drug Sting

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

Oddly enough, on yesterday, the same day this happened, I got several email responses to my Fox column from people outraged at my suggestion that the drug war might have a corrupting influence on law enforcement.

Ten Cook County sheriff’s correctional officers, four Harvey police officers and a Chicago police officer are among 17 people who were charged today in a sweeping federal drug case that accuses the law-enforcement officers of working security in sting cocaine and heroin transactions, the U.S. attorney’s office has announced.

Officers allegedly were paid up to $4,000 each as they served as lookouts and prepared to step in if law enforcement cracked down on the operations, authorities said. The undercover investigation run by the FBI allegedly saw officers protecting poker games and transporting cash.

Fourteen of the defendants were either arrested or surrendered today and are expected to make initial appearances in U.S. District Court this afternoon.

Two of the officers are accused of selling powder cocaine, and all are charged with conspiracy to possess and sell drugs.

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19 Responses to “Chicago-Area Cops Nabbed in Federal Drug Sting”

  1. #1 |  thomasblair | 

    What’s better? Cops getting caught dealing drugs or bacon?

  2. #2 |  wackynoodle | 

    Neither – they’re both fried pigs.

  3. #3 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    Speaking of bacon: try putting bacon on a baking rack (on a baking sheet) in a cold oven at 400. Cook to your desired doneness.

    The cold oven melts away most of the fat as it warms up without the splatter and it is a better way to cook a large amount of bacon than in a pan. Also easier to control how done you want it.

    Save that bacon grease for the home fries!

  4. #4 |  CK | 

    I deal a week, at $4000 a deal = $200,000 a year, which with inflation factored in will buy you a cheap row house in a run down section of town populated by government functionaries.

  5. #5 |  Marty | 

    ‘Oddly enough, on yesterday, the same day this happened…’

    you are the KING of irony!

  6. #6 |  Reasoned | 

    “Are we still weeding out some bad characters? Yeah, but is there widespread corruption? No.”

    Move along, nothing to see here…

  7. #7 |  claude | 

    “Oddly enough, on yesterday, the same day this happened, I got several email responses to my Fox column from people outraged at my suggestion that the drug war might have a corrupting influence on law enforcement.”

    I hope those emails r still in your inbox so u can reply with the link to this story, and a smile of course. :-D

  8. #8 |  Darryl | 

    I don’t understand. The article doesn’t mention the FBI using SWAT teams to arrest these suspected felons at their homes at 6:00 in the morning. The article said two of them were suspected of dealing–aren’t SWAT teams the de facto “standard-of-care” when arresting KNOWN-to-be-armed suspected drug felons? I just don’t get it. Probably shoddy reporting; I’m sure a double standard doesn’t exist.

  9. #9 |  HTownTejas | 

    This is just another isolated incident. Cops still retain their magic powers that make them more responsible with guns and more deserving of more benefit of the doubt than the rest of us.

  10. #10 |  Michael Chaney | 

    In response to #8, let me float this idea. If these were all non-officers, wouldn’t we be complaining about the fact that this was 100% a setup by an FBI agent and no actual crimes took place?

    These are dirty officers, no doubt. But I don’t see where any crime was prevented, either.

  11. #11 |  Michael Pack | 

    Michael,the crime is they are indulging in the same activity that they arrest others for.Kind of like the cop who drives after a few beers yet arrests another for the same thing and most times no harm was involved.Unjust and over reaching laws tend to cause this behavior.

  12. #12 |  V | 

    More fun! http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/03/nyregion/03boulevard.html?ref=nyregion

  13. #13 |  The Johnny Appleseed Of Crack | 

    Notice in the article that V linked to, the NYC Narcotics officer is driving a 2006 Infiniti.

  14. #14 |  Cynical in CA | 

    All of this obscures the fact that ALL government operations are criminal.

  15. #15 |  HAL-9000 | 

    Has anyone been noticing the indictment-a-week average for Border Security Guards down by Mexico this past year?

    As the United States has become technically more astute at intercepting go-fast boats and airplanes from Colombia across the Caribbean, the dealers have moved their transport to overland through Mexico or under the drink in home-brewed submarines.

    As the drug-flow from Colombia into the US via Mexico has gone up, the violence and financial power of Mexican organized crime has increased accordingly. It used to be the Mexican Mafia could only the swing checks big enough to buy off the relatively impoverished local cops. But now, they are gaining the kind of coin to buy off their more expensive American counterparts. I don’t know when the “critical mass” of money vs. morality is crossed for an en masse institutional corrupting of border security outfits down there, but we are hurtling towards that number with increasing speed. Nothing like corrupt cops to ensure a corrupt society where EVERYONE’s on the take. Zimbabwe here we come! Wheee!

    God this “drug war” is stupid.

  16. #16 |  Red Green | 

    Kinda like the good old days ,back in 1920-1933, 13 years. Different prohibition, same results. The WOD is officially 1971- NOW, thats 38 years! Longer if you go back to 1937 and Anslinger. Prohibitions do not provide positive results, in any way whatsoever.

  17. #17 |  Helmut O' Hooligan | 

    “…outraged at my suggestion that the drug war might have a corrupting influence on law enforcement.”

    Have they been living in caves? As #16 Red Green suggests, this kind of corruption happens anytime government attempts to totally prohibit something that the public wants. Supply and demand? Surely FOX news readers understand that rudimentary concept from Economics 101!

  18. #18 |  Helmut O' Hooligan | 

    #1 Thomas Blair/ #2 Wacky Noodle:

    FYI, Pigs are wonderfully intelligent and astute animals. When they escape into the wild, they quickly adapt (to the point of growing tusks like wild boars) and are able to survive even after being domesticated for a number of years. Don’t you ever watch the National Geographic Channel?

    Ok, now to my point. The pig/bacon “jokes” are so 1968, and you guys aren’t as quick-witted as Abbie Hoffman (not that I’m a big fan of his either). Please give it a rest. I prefer it when the conversation on The Agitator doesn’t resemble that heard in a lame college Poly Sci class or at some shitty globalization protest.

  19. #19 |  C (The Forgotten Man) | 

    Hoorah for the FBI!

    They found the weapons of mass intoxication!

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