This Week's Corrupt Cops Storiesby Phillip Smith
Oct. 24, 2012
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Small town police chiefs gone wild! Junkie cop sells stolen police guns to dealer! More crooked cops go down in stings! Let's get to it:
In Pennington Gap, Virginia, the Pennington Gap police chief was arrested last Thursday on charges related to the illegal distribution of prescription drugs. Chief William Young, 41, was arrested at the Lee County courthouse by ATF agents. A federal court affidavit links him and three others to a drug store burglary in Pennington Gap in which 5,400 oxycodone pills were stolen. Other court documents claim Young was using and selling pain pills and hanging out with known drug sellers. He had been under investigation by the Virginia State Police since March. Police executing search warrants the night of Young's arrest found prescription drugs in his cruiser. He has been charged with possession of a firearm by a user of controlled substances, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense, and possession of a Schedule II drug (Percocet) with intent to distribute.
In Jackson, Mississippi, two former Jackson police officers pleaded guilty last Wednesday to accepting bribes from an FBI undercover agent. In doing so, former Patrol Officers Monyette Quintel Jefferson, 27, and Terence Dale Jenkins, 25, admitted protecting what they thought were drug deals, but what was really an FBI sting. They agreed to protect a supposed 100-kilo shipment of cocaine and took payments of $5,000 to do so. They will be sentenced in January and are looking at up to 10 years in federal prison.
In New York City, a former NYPD officer was sentenced last Monday to 15 ½ years in prison for stealing guns from his fellow officers to sell to a drug dealer. Nicholas Mina, 31, copped to stealing four 9mm pistols from the 9th Precinct in the East Village and selling them to his drug dealer to pay off a debt. He also sold his own pistol. Mina went down after the dealer then resold the guns—to undercover cops with the NYPD Firearms Investigation Unit in Queens. He was then caught red-handed sneaking into the officers' lockers one night in July.
In Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the former Wagner police chief was sentenced last Friday to 120 days community service for trying to hide his girlfriend's methamphetamine use by stashing her syringes in his office. James Chaney had pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of failure to report a crime. If he doesn't complete his community service, he's looking at a 180-day jail sentence, which has been suspended. He resigned from his post in August.