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Posted: 11/2/2006 7:46:25 AM EST
[Last Edit: 11/2/2006 7:46:43 AM EST by J2DOG]
cnn.com

Indictment: Crooked deputies sold guns, drugs to public
POSTED: 12:20 p.m. EST, November 2, 2006
From Kevin Bohn
CNN Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A Virginia sheriff covered up a scheme in which a dozen of his deputies sold seized guns and drugs to the public, a federal indictment alleges.

The indictment names Henry County Sheriff Harold Franklin Cassell, known locally as "Frank," and 17 others.

They were taken into custody on Thursday morning, the Drug Enforcement Administration said in a statement.

"It is disgraceful corruption," said U.S. Attorney John L. Brownlee. (Watch how the good guys allegedly became bad guys -- 2:13 )

"These were drugs and guns that were seized as part of their law enforcement duties that were then stolen from the property room and put back out on the streets."

Brownlee added, "You have law enforcement (officers) risking their lives to take these guns off the streets and then a very few members of law enforcement putting them right back out there."

He acknowledged that the arrests would affect the department's ability to carry on day-to-day operations. Virginia state police are being sent to ensure safety, Brownlee said.

Among the schemes alleged in the indictment:


The theft of drugs and firearms in the custody of the sheriff's department


Distribution of cocaine, marijuana and a date rape drug


Money laundering


Obstruction of justice

The DEA said 13 of the 18 charged are either current or former employees of the Henry County Sheriff's Office, located in southern Virginia's Piedmont region.

Officials allege Cassell was advised by authorities of drug transactions going on in his department but took no action. Authorities also allege the sheriff covered up several illegal activities by lying to federal investigators.

Cassell was elected sheriff in 1992. The department employs 122 people, 96 of them as sworn law enforcement officers.

"Today's indictment serves as a clear reminder that no one -- not even a senior member of law enforcement -- is above the law," Brownlee said.


At least when I put my order in, they got it to me real quick!!!
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 8:07:14 AM EST
Throw the book at them after going thru the process - good riddance to corrupt officers.

Brian
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 8:09:06 AM EST


Hope they enjoy their time at the gray bar hotel.
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 8:30:53 AM EST
take the normal punishment and x2 for dirty cops
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 8:39:45 AM EST
victimless and non-violent crime, let 'em free!
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 8:48:57 AM EST

Originally Posted By AssaultRifler:
victimless and non-violent crime, let 'em free!


Yeah, if that would apply equally to all of us, absolutely!
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 8:52:25 AM EST

Originally Posted By fegsa85:
take the normal punishment and x2 for dirty cops


Big +1 there.
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 9:02:21 AM EST
This does not happen often enough.
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 9:03:04 AM EST
IBTPA
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 9:12:50 AM EST

Originally Posted By brian4wd:
Throw the book at them after going thru the process - good riddance to corrupt officers.
Brian


Big +1 - they cast a horrible shadow over all the terriffic LEOs out there doing a great job
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 9:14:51 AM EST

Originally Posted By yekimak:
This does not happen often enough.


What are you saying, there should be MORE dirty cops selling dope and guns?
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 9:30:11 AM EST

Originally Posted By fight4yourrights:
IBTPA



Among the schemes alleged in the indictment:


The media is not a friend of the police.
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 9:44:29 AM EST
They will walk.
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 9:45:32 AM EST
Cops always have the best shit.
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 9:49:52 AM EST

Originally Posted By Hiwathl:
They will walk.


I seriously doubt it.

Brian
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 9:50:33 AM EST
[Last Edit: 11/2/2006 9:51:11 AM EST by motown_steve]
I think you're going to win krpind's contest.
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 9:55:53 AM EST
Just caught the end of a news item on TV this am. Sheriff (maybe ex-) a couple of counties over just arrested for selling gun(s) to a "known felon."

Maybe they need to kick the salaries up.
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 10:00:08 AM EST
[Last Edit: 11/2/2006 10:00:29 AM EST by yekimak]

Originally Posted By ryann:

Originally Posted By yekimak:
This does not happen often enough.


What are you saying, there should be MORE dirty cops selling dope and guns?
THat they should get busted more often.

It sucks when you live in a town and everyone knows about stuff disappearing out the ass end of the PD. It happens here with drugs, it happened in the last town I lived in with guns. I had actually seen some of the guns that were sold out the back door of APD in the hands of some of some of my teenage compatriots at the time.

Link Posted: 11/2/2006 10:00:44 AM EST
"The DEA said 13 of the 18 charged are either current or former employees of the Henry County Sheriff's Office, located in southern Virginia's Piedmont region."

Isn't that area pretty "Hatfields vs. McCoy's"? Clannish (not Klannish)?

Maybe I'm thinking of some other place.......
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 10:06:16 AM EST
Serves em right! That Rohypnol I picked up in VA didn't work!

I mean, damned corrupt cops!
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 10:07:32 AM EST

Originally Posted By yekimak:

Originally Posted By ryann:

Originally Posted By yekimak:
This does not happen often enough.


What are you saying, there should be MORE dirty cops selling dope and guns?
THat they should get busted more often.

It sucks when you live in a town and everyone knows about stuff disappearing out the ass end of the PD. It happens here with drugs, it happened in the last town I lived in with guns. I had actually seen some of the guns that were sold out the back door of APD in the hands of some of some of my teenage compatriots at the time.


If you have first hand knowledge of ths going on where you live, what're you doing about it? Have you been to the local DA, or the FBI?
Or are you just parroting a rumor you heard?
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 10:21:04 AM EST

Originally Posted By motown_steve:
I think you're going to win krpind's contest.


If you're referring to the IBTPA comment please note my original reply.

Brian
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 10:24:49 AM EST
I have met Sheriff Cassell and the one deputy that was the school RSO. My wife used to worked for Henry County schools and I met them at one of the school functions. I am so glad that she no longer works there. The area is nice but things are going to hell really quick.
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 10:25:05 AM EST

Originally Posted By fight4yourrights:
IBTPA


You won'tt see any. It amazes me that you think you would.
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 1:30:57 PM EST

Originally Posted By ryann:

Originally Posted By yekimak:

Originally Posted By ryann:

Originally Posted By yekimak:
This does not happen often enough.


What are you saying, there should be MORE dirty cops selling dope and guns?
THat they should get busted more often.

It sucks when you live in a town and everyone knows about stuff disappearing out the ass end of the PD. It happens here with drugs, it happened in the last town I lived in with guns. I had actually seen some of the guns that were sold out the back door of APD in the hands of some of some of my teenage compatriots at the time.


If you have first hand knowledge of ths going on where you live, what're you doing about it? Have you been to the local DA, or the FBI?
Or are you just parroting a rumor you heard?


There are LOTS of crooked cops, and I'm not stupid enough to try and disprove it. There are also LOTS of very very good cops who bust their ass every day. Sad thing is, I have to differentiate between the two just as cops have to do the same thing to us. Sucks.

BTW, Yes we have had busted LEOs in our area, more then a few in fact. Child porn, Heroin, selling Dept guns, and several other nicities. Does not make me happy in the least because of the power LEOs can wield in their profession. And most of the time LEOs seem to get off quite a bit easier in sentancing because of the reluctance of judges to put them in pound me in the ass prison.
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 1:34:53 PM EST
This is pretty big news around here, I attended a training course with a guy from this dept, need to find out which side of the law he really is on.

Link Posted: 11/2/2006 1:35:03 PM EST
What gets me is that I know several cops who've gotten busted for DUI. Several while in their PATROL cars! And only one lost his job. How can a guy who busts people for a living doing the same thing, EVER justify committing a similar crime in his mind? Talk about hypocrisy!
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 1:56:58 PM EST

Originally Posted By Red_Label:
What gets me is that I know several cops who've gotten busted for DUI. Several while in their PATROL cars! And only one lost his job. How can a guy who busts people for a living doing the same thing, EVER justify committing a similar crime in his mind? Talk about hypocrisy!


Patrol cars - as in black/white w/lights & sirens - or unmarked department cars ie - detectives?

Brian
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 1:58:13 PM EST
I actually know Frank Cassell (the Sheriff) I own a tract of land next to his and have been trying to buy the timber off it since July. He is nothing but 100% pure asshole.
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 2:31:50 PM EST
On the bright side it could have been worse. They could have lived and worked in Rhode Island
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