Sunday, February 25, 2007


It took a two year long FBI sting operation to uncover them.

Four veteran police officers were accused in federal court of taking thousands of dollars to protect what they thought were mob shipments of drugs, stolen art and jewelry.

An FBI affidavit filed in federal court accused the four of taking thousands of dollars to protect a group they thought was a criminal organization based out of New York.

Federal prosecutors said the operations included escorting a load of heroin from Miami Beach, providing security for an illegal poker game aboard a yacht and delivering $1 million worth of supposedly stolen diamonds to New Jersey.

Other deals involved purportedly stolen bearer bonds, watches, paintings and a tractor-trailer load of cigarettes, prosecutors said.

The four officers were charged with conspiracy. They have not entered pleas, and the case will go before a grand jury. All have been placed on leave without pay.

Lawyers for the three who appeared in court -- Detective Kevin Companion, 41; Sgt. Jeffrey Courtney, 51; and Officer Stephen Harrison, 46 -- declined comment on the charges but described their clients as devoted police officers and family men.

Yeah, with a list of charges like that it really does look like they are devoted to upholding the law, doesn't it?

Each would face up to life imprisonment if convicted of drug trafficking conspiracy and up to 20 years in prison if convicted of conspiracy.

For some reason the fourth officer on the case is being allowed to "turn himself in". No SWAT team crashing into his home in the middle of the night then.

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