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FBI arrests Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy on drug trafficking charges
Published On: 01-25-2018 in Category: addiction
Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) arrested a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy, along with three of his accomplices on drug trafficking charges in Pasadena. The FBI agents on Jan. 16, 2018, nabbed Deputy Kenneth Collins, 50, on charges of facilitating narcotic trafficking activities in exchange for $250,000. According to authorities, the four individuals were allegedly involved in the movement of over 6 kilograms of methamphetamine and around 20 kilograms of cocaine. Later, the accused were produced in a Los Angeles court.
In order to get to the bottom of the drug-trafficking ring, an undercover FBI agent, masquerading as a family member of a potential wealthy investor interested in illegal marijuana operations, contacted Collins to make a pact. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Collins consented to offer security cover for running an illegal pot grow house and disclosed about his role in providing security for similar operations in Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties. In rest of the meetings with the undercover agent, Collins also agreed to sort out pending issues by physically assaulting individuals for an agreed sum of money, according to an FBI affidavit.
Authorities said that Collins used his office to help drug dealers move large amounts of illicit substances without obstacles. “Deputy Collins sold his badge to assist an individual he thought was a drug trafficker,” said U.S. Attorney Nicola Hanna. Hanna also stressed that the U.S. is committed to weed out corruption, especially when government officials are involved in a crime. According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD), Collins was later assigned to the County Services Bureau, and sent on administrative leave. Moreover, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said Collins could be sentenced for life in prison, if found guilty.
The other three defendants have been identified as 51-year-old David Easter of the Hyde Park district of Los Angeles, 34-year-old Grant Valencia of Pomona and 56-year-old Maurice Desi Font of South Los Angeles. While Collins, Easter and Valencia each face an accusation of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, authorities did not provide details of charges against Font.
Leading a drug-free life
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), fatal overdose cases, primarily involving opioids and heroin are on the a rise across the U.S. California is one of the worst-hit states. Its geographical proximity to the Mexican borders in the Southwest, large immigrant population and extensive network of interstate highways make the state a major gateway through which drugs flow to other parts of the country. Mexican drug trafficking organizations make billions of dollars each year by smuggling illicit drugs into California, both for selling within the state as well as for hoarding in the numerous stash houses across the region for distribution nationwide.
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