Police Drug Corruption
by Preston Peet- Special to Drugwar.com
April 17, 2002
Tijuana Police Logo
Including their Chief, 41 cops in Tijuana
were arrested Friday, April 12, 2002, accused of working for drug
traffickers, protecting shipments, taking bribes, even carrying
out executions. The arrests and charges are by no means abnormal
in any way other than for the size of the sweep. Corruption of
police, intelligence services, courts, politicians, and more,
resulting from the War on Drugs, has become almost normal, to
be expected, in any country waging War on Drugs. The United States
is no exception.
There's no end to reports of low-paid cops
who can't resist the lure of easy money that an illegal drug trade
engenders. Combating the violent gangs and ruthless businessmen,
the average sworn, full-time policeman in the US as of 1999 was
earning between $29,840 and $41,206, according to a national survey
conducted by the International City/County Management Association,
(ICMA) in Washington DC. Putting their lives on the line everyday
in a War that shows no sign of end, no success or victory just
around the corner, it is easy to understand how these officers
could get discouraged and maybe feel they deserve more for their
risks and services when finding stacks of untraceable money on
drug raids, or offered payoffs by dealers and cartels.
NYPD - Ever Present But Not Incorruptable
One would think the lessons of Alcohol Prohibition
would be obvious, that outlawing a commodity there is great demand
for only empowers those people ruthless and determined enough
to supply that need. As long as there is legal prohibition of
drugs, there will be a black market drug trade which will remain
extremely profitable, tax-free, and powerful. As the trade flourishes
the cartels buy off more and more law enforcers. Bootleg liquor
magnate Al Capone had such a grip on Chicago's police and politicians
during the roaring 1920s it took the US FBI to put even the slightest
dent in Capone's alcohol empire. But the FBI couldn't completely
destroy the illegal alcohol trade. After 13 years, citizens got
so fed up with the endemic corruption and violence resulting from
Alcohol Prohibition it was repealed, in 1933.
But while the War on Drugs and drug corruption
amongst drug warriors continue unabated, is this corruption any
worse than official
US government support of drug traffickers and their allies,
such as the US
support of Vladimir Montesinos in Peru, or putting the heroin
trafficking Kosovo Liberation Army into power in the former
Yugoslavia? Is corruption among lowly police officers any worse
banks and companies laundering drug proceeds?
Cops Waging Drug War
It is easy to point out other countries'
problems with drug corruption, but just as US border guards, feds,
and police cannot keep drugs out of the US, so too do they utterly
fail to stop the accompanying corruption. Conservative estimates
put the money made in profits from illegal drugs at $55 billion
a year. (This does not include the money spent by Drug Warriors
on the War itself.) There is no way to combat the temptations
of this kind of money, especially not in a capitalist society.
There will always be a segment of cops who cannot resist taking
a cut. The only way to stop the corruptive force of such profits
is to legalize and regulate the drug trade instead of exposing
our police and the citizenry they work for to the endless unnecessary
dangers involved in waging this pointless, destructive War.
Can You Differentiate Between the Cops
Drug Corruption Links
Western Australia's police royal commission plans to carry out
serious investigations, surveillance and moral testing of its
officers, especially those involved in drug law enforcement, to
root out the bad seeds and try to stop corruption.
Fights Tijuana Cop Corruption
There's rampant corruption among police in Tijuana, who not only
take money from drug traffickers, but from all kinds of criminal
types, according to this article.
at All Costs- Government Misconduct in the Name of Expedient Justice
This 10-part series does not paint a pretty picture of the current
health of the US Justice system, detailing numerous instances
of overzealous prosecution and outright criminal behavior on the
part of the feds.
At All Costs- The Justice Department Responds
The Justice Department took offense at this
10-part investigative series alledging all sorts of corruption
and misconduct amongst federal law enforcement and prosecutors.
Cross- US Customs Agents 'Embarrassed' by Drug Smuggling Informant
Read the 1998 transcript of an interview
by Sam Donaldson of ABCNews with Rodney Matthews, a pot smuggler
the US government turned into a major cocaine entrepreneur, allowing
him to keep all money he made from the sales of tons of cocaine
on US streets, all in the name of waging a War on Drugs. While
there doesn't appear to be any corrupt cops involved per se, the
mere fact they allowed his drugs to hit US streets is criminal
enough, as long as they continue to lock others up for buying,
selling, and ingesting those drugs.
Drug Cases Questioned Amid Doubts About Informant
In at least 24 cases involving the same informant,
lab test results in Dallas have shown that a substance alledged
to be cocaine was actually drywall dust, or minute amounts of
cocaine mixed with drywall. There are 70 cases involving the same
informant that are being further investigated.
Gravity of Crimes Between the Insiders and the Public
"For a better understanding of the arrogance
in the government's so-called war-on-drugs, consider the difference
in punishment for those outside the system and those who are part
of the system," implored this website, by longtime investigator
and one-time target of US government criminals, Rodney Stich.
People Seldom Catch Intelligence (excerpt)
By the editor of drugwar.com, this article,
published in You Are Being Lied To, graphically illustrates how
ridiculous it is for the House Intelligence Committee to release
a report denying CIA drug trafficking ties.
Does Not Support of Allegations of CIA Participation in Drug Trafficking
This is the House Intelligence Committee
press release exhonerating the CIA of involvement in drug trafficking,
particularly into the US. This is posted at the CIA website. It
would be laughable if so many people around the world weren't
being locked up for ingesting the drugs the CIA has most definitely
facilitated the trafficking of over the years, even into the US.
Drug Control Strategy
Noting an abundance of attention paid to
corruption of police by drug trafficking cartels South of the
Border, Common Sense
for Drug Policy feels there is not enough attention to the
rampant police drug corruption here within US borders.
Not Police, Killed Drug Lord, US Aides Say
Although the headline might lead one to think
there was no police involvement in the brutal execution of drug
lord Ramon Arellano Felix in February, 2002, after reading into
the article, one discovers that police were involved afterall,
only acting in their other jobs as accomplices of an Arellano
rival and not as part of an official police operation.
This is a collection of news blurbs about
police drug corruption covering Dec. 1998- Feb. 1999, posted at
the November Coalition
Cases of Mexican Corruption
The Houston Chronicle gathered this list
of corrupted individuals in Mexican power circles.
Guys Gone Bad?
The recent arrests of 41 officers in Tijuana
come a mere 9 years after Ricardo Cordero Ontiveros was forced
to resign from his job "as head of the intelligence division
in the Tijuana office of the Attorney General's National Institute
to Combat Drugs (INCD)," after reporting the extensive ties
between Tijuana cops and traffickers. What took so long?
BATF, and PRPD Arrests Seven Police Officers and One Civilian
These US government agencies worked with
the Puerto Rico Police Department to investigate and arrest these
cops who were using their positions as police officers to facilitate
their cocaine and heroin trafficking operations.
Tags Us With Despair
Cops participating in a federally funded
anti-drug program called "Weed and Seed" in Bellwood
and Maywood, Illinois, came under federal investigation for drug
Corruption Trial Begins for Former Police Commander
Two men, one an NYPD officer, have implicated
an NYPD commander as taking part in their scheme to rip off a
drug trafficker by faking the arrest of a courier and stealing
$60,000 in drug proceeds. Claiming innocence, he is now standing
trial, asserting the men are seeking reduced sentences in exchange
for their testimony against him.
Similarities Between Government Corruption In Mexico and the United
More from Rodney Stich, pointing out some
facts that make the current situation in Tijuana, Mexico seem
much more run of the mill instead of a unique major scandal.
Who Stole Drug Fighting Money Doesn't Want Jail Time
Already having plead guilty to stealing $4,000
from money set aside for waging the War on Drugs, ex-sheriff Peter
Pinckney says he'll withdraw his plea if the judge tries to give
him jail time.
Gets 6 and 1/2 Years in Jail
This former narc took at least one bribe,
and warned a drug gang about an upcoming police raid, earning
himself some prison time.
Jefferson Detectives Plead Innocent
Two narcs face up to 70 years each in prison
if they're convicted, indicted on over 450 counts of police misconduct.
They are accused of tampering with drug evidence, falsifying warrants,
stealing money, and more.
Calexico INS Inspector Convicted
Mark Anthony Miller was a US Immigration
and Naturalization Service inspector, but now he's a convicted
Officers Sentenced In Police Corruption
Yet more cops who abused the powers given
them along with their badges and guns to sell drugs and make a
lot of money.
War and Police Corruption
This is an editorial about how outlawing
drugs only makes them more lucrative to sell, and corrosive to
the fabric of society, especially when pitting low-paid cops against
ultra-rich drug dealers.
Details of Drug Conspiracy Emerge
Reading through the allegation against these
alleged drug dealing cops is like reading some kind of dime-store
true crime story.
and Tulia: A Tale of Two Cities
This is an editorial comparing the outrageous
drug prosecutions that have been discovered to be based on fake
drugs, and/or the word of shady paid informants.
Says Police Admit to Frame-Up
Kevin Quill, a rich British businessman,
was set up by business partners and Thai police on drug charges
of which he was innocent.
Cop Behind TV Drama 'Took Bribes'
The inspiration for a tv cop charactor on
the Australian tv show Stingers, Guy Wilding is accused of soliciting
bribes from drug dealers to help them avoid long sentences.
Hired Inmates to Attack Rat, Hearing Told
These Canadian ex-prison guards are pissed
off at a fellow guard who did not like the fact they were dealing
drugs in prison, and told on them.
This is a dedication page to those officers
who do the job they sign on for. Even with the profusion of dirty
corrupt cops spreading each day the War on Drugs continues, there
are still those cops who refuse to buckle under to temptation.
Of course, most cops continue to wage the War, so depending on
one's perspective, they could be held guilty for brainlessly "just
Montesinos- The Rise and Fall of Our Man in Peru
One of the stalwart allies in the US Drug
War, until busted for bribing politicians, and selling machineguns
to FARC rebels in Colombia.
Mexican Agents Probing Cartel With American Help Found Dead
These agents were killed while investigating
the Arrellano Felix cartel in and around Tijuana, where scores
of police have been killed for investigating corrupt cops and