10 Atlanta Police Officers Arrested By The FEDS For Protecting Drug Dealers And Gangs

· February 12, 2013

Federal authorities announced the arrest of 10 metro law enforcement officers Tuesday on charges of arranging protection for a street gang’s drug deals.

“Obviously the breadth of the corruption is very troubling,” said U.S. Attorney Sally Yates . “It is certainly the most (officers) this office has charged in a long time.”

The case began as a street gang investigation by the federal bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, whose undercover agents learned that gangs had officers on the payroll for protection, Yates said. The FBI took command of the public corruption aspects of the case.

At least one officer recommended that the gang use a school parking lot to exchange drugs for cash because trading backpacks there would not look suspicious, Yates said at a 2 p.m. news conference.

The law enforcement officers arrested today were: Atlanta Police Department Officer Kelvin Allen, 42, of Atlanta; DeKalb County Police Department Officers Dennis Duren, 32, of Atlanta and Dorian Williams, 25, of Stone Mountain, Georgia; Forest Park Police Department Sergeants Victor Middlebrook, 44, of Jonesboro, Georgia and Andrew Monroe, 57, of Riverdale, Georgia; MARTA Police Department Officer Marquez Holmes, 45, of Jonesboro, Georgia; Stone Mountain Police Department Officer Denoris Carter, 42, of Lithonia, Georgia, and contract Federal Protective Services Officer Sharon Peters, 43, of Lithonia, Georgia. Agents also arrested two former law enforcement officers: former DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office jail officers Monyette McLaurin, 37, of Atlanta, and Chase Valentine, 44, of Covington, Georgia.

Civilians arrested today were: Shannon Bass, 38, of Atlanta; Elizabeth Coss, 35, of Atlanta; Gregory Lee Harvey, 26, of Stone Mountain, Georgia; Alexander B. Hill, 22, of Ellenwood, Georgia; and Jerry B. Mannery, Jr., 38, of Tucker, Georgia.

Some of the officers were retired and some were active duty. The highest rank was sergeant and the payoffs ranged as high as $7,000 per transaction. Each transaction involved at least five kilograms of cocaine, which carries a 10 year minimum sentence, Yates said.

Officers were involved in multiple transactions, provided escorts to dealers and buyers and offered to provided muscle if necessary to protect their clients, Yates said.

Yates said the investigation is ongoing and declined to say whether more officers would be arrested.

ATF Special Agent in Charge Scott Sweetow would not name the street gang involved but he suggested the public corruption aspects would be more far-ranging.

“I can say this is probably not the last you will be hearing of this case,” he said.

A press release from Yates’ office detailed the following allegations: Read more..

Do you think if the police were paid more that they wouldn’t feel the need to take under the table bribes?

 

  • Pceezy

    They been doin that since the Al Capone days,,,, nothing new

  • Pose

    nothing new indeed. More money wouldn’t solve the problem. Mo money, Mo problems. And I would doubt that the extra money on the side was spent on something constructive. Probably on cars/rims and all that bullsheeit…

  • williedynamite

    just read the story, sound like the Feds set them officers up. It wasnt even no real drugs involved smh

  • MSALLE

    Thank you FBI and ATF…..this is just a start. Clean our up our police and sheriff’s departments …lets get good decent cops the chance to clean up our cities

  • jamar

    this aint gonna slow corruption down a bit…i guarantee you there cops way dirtier than these guys.

    • MoorFedayeen

      Sho nuff. The ATF sold weapons to Mexican cartels causing the death of a border agent so its all about whos who and what you can do because no ATF has been charged in the death even when they’re responsible. More money won’t fix it. Its just the person in question. Some officers have turned in millions they’ve found in traffic stops.

  • S.W.ATL MADE

    As long as people are given jobs with power but with pay lower than the people they deal with such as politicians,law enforcement,hoes with a fat azz if a good proposition comes up most will take the chance on a come up

  • presto 2.5

    the answer to ya question is….NO

    More is never enuff…theres no part of AMERICAN SOCIETY that hasnt been corrupted with money…from the church to the law to the judges that enforce the law…EVERY aspect of life has been infaltrated with greed in the human spirit…theres no stoping the inevitable…the all seeing eye rules ALL

    “Cut the grass…but more grass will grow in its place…unless you pull that shyt up by its roots”

    • jamar

      +1000