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Two Entire Police Depts Shut Down During FBI Raids Over Massive DEA Drug Ring Conspiracy

“They’re basically treating these buildings like crime scenes.”

Tangipahoa Parish, LA — A massive raid was carried out by the FBI on Thursday of  Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Hammond Police Department. The raids were part of a year-long investigation into a U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency task force accused of a massive conspiracy to rob drug dealers and profit from selling the stolen narcotics.

According to the Advocate, two former members of the New Orleans-based task force — both of whom worked for the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office — are facing federal charges, and one pleaded guilty earlier this year to state drug conspiracy charges.

During the raids on Thursday, both departments were completely shut down as FBI agents seized computers, cellphones and case files. The raids involved an earlier investigation the Free Thought Project reported on in March.

After Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Deputy and DEA task force member Johnny Domingue took a plea deal and began rolling over on his co-conspirators, the FBI has nabbed more crooked cops.

Before he started selling out his fellow criminal DEA cops, Domingue acknowledged that drugs had been stolen “with the dual purpose of ingesting them and selling them for profit.” He also admitted to selling cocaine that had been stored in evidence bags at the DEA’s office in Metairie.

During the raid on Dominque’s house in January, authorities found a whopping 300 grams of cocaine hydrochloride, oxycodone pills, methadone, Xanax and “a voluminous number of manila envelopes that contained additional prescription medications,” according to court documents.

According to the Advocate, the materials taken during Thursday’s raids included a computer from the office of Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards, said one law enforcement official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to discuss the operation. Edwards is the brother of Gov. John Bel Edwards.

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“They’re basically treating these buildings like crime scenes,” the official said.

When multiple police departments are treated like crime scenes there might be a problem.

“The investigation is ongoing, with many more investigative actions to take place,” Jeffrey Sallet, the special agent in charge of the FBI’s New Orleans office, told reporters.

As the Advocate reports, Thursday’s searches marked an escalation of the misconduct investigation, which has been steeped in secrecy for months as investigators dug into the background of several task force members, including Chad Scott, a longtime DEA agent.

The investigation into Scott goes back decades, as this corrupt cop, who’s since been stripped of his badge, is accused of manipulating witnesses in murder cases as well as leading the crooked drug task force who robbed people and sold drugs.

In fact, as reported by the Advocate, Scott helped to create a pipeline of task force officers who began their careers in Tangipahoa Parish, having recruited Domingue and others to join the narcotics team.

Scott was literally building his own gang of criminal cops.

On Thursday, the FBI refused to elaborate on why they raided the Hammond Police Department. However, DEA task force member, Karl Newman worked for the department. In March, Newman was implicated in the drug and cash conspiracy and is currently facing charges, including robbery and possession with intent to distribute cocaine and Oxycodone.

 

What this case illustrates is the criminal incentive created by the war on drugs and the monopoly of power granted specifically to those tasked with carrying it out. Making arbitrary substances illegal, and then tasking individuals with the control of those substances creates a temptation of easy money that is hard to pass up.

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This case is hardly isolated as this scenario is but a broken record of corruption, playing over and over again in departments across the country.

As the Free Thought Project reported in January, a California police officer was busted after driving 247 pounds of marijuana all the way across the country. Yuba County Deputy Christopher M. Heath was caught in York, Pennsylvania with a shipment of marijuana that was worth over $2 million.

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This cases were similar as Heath was an officer on a narcotics task force, meaning that he was responsible for putting nonviolent people in prison for using and selling drugs as well. Meanwhile, he was selling drugs and taking part in the same actions that he was locking people up for. State hypocrisy at its worst.

Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world. and now on Steemit

  • James Latham

    LOL this is not some thing new, its been going for for decades. Better start with all the police forces across this country. Cops should be drug tested every 3 months.

    • johnnielynne

      maybe every citizen should have a right to go to their local pd’s and request on the spot drug tests for up to 3 random cops and office personnel (per person)? If they can do it to us, on “allegations”, why are we not afforded the same and equal right, being our tax dollars pay for them! -js-tit for tat 😉

    • Are you serious? I am surprised they aren’t already. Everyone else is. Wow…Interesting. Well, obviously, they know where they would get them…no police. Not enough people would pass.

  • Not pro Israel

    Iran – Contra 1980s

    The CIA and military colluded to purchase Coccaine, sell it to “their dealers” in NY, LA and Chicago. They then used the money to buy illegal weapons to be used against Iran in a clandestine CIA war.

    They created the drug epidemic that resulted in the war on drugs and militarization of Americas cops.

    Now, the CIA and military are colluding to maintain the Herion epidemic of the 2004 -current. Where does it come from? Afghanistan. Who controls Afghanistan? We do? Who controlled it before us? The Taliban who cut down 98% of it in 2000.

    Why did 9/11 happen? To create a cause for a war to take back the poppy fields that pop up HSBC, Chase et al.

    We control the opium, we control Afghanistan. Heroin production is 1,000% pre 9/11 production in Afghanistan.

    America is a drug dealing, money laundering oil company w https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/fb927c74e3afd7e99ee49d17ab342647510a653cdaa8c91bce23c1803d513576.jpg ith an Army.

    • Greg Geitner

      you damn sure got that picture in focus. drugs were shipped home from se asia in body bags to fund covert ops.

      • johnnielynne

        exactly! with all of our “homeland security” (border patrol, dea, coast guard, national guard), one would think that the heroin (that is grown in Afghanistan and other areas of the middle east), would never make it here! Either greased palms, blind eyes or inside job could make it happen!!

        • Greg Geitner

          not pro israel has a handle on this subject. one of my proudest moments as a father was in the late 80s when my 7th grade son stood up and stated, in no uncertain terms “george [hw] bush is the biggest drug dealer in america.” when we got the call from the school and were told this, my reply was along the lines of “prove my son is wrong.” never heard anymore about it. we had to unlearn most of what our boys were told, and replace it with the truth. this happened almost daily.

    • European≠Nationality/Ethnicity

      Drugs are a lucrative business and we all know money make the world go round.
      We the people have let the 1% get away with all of that because we’re too divided, too busy worrying about other things, and it doesn’t negatively affect enough people to change it.
      The sad truth is, most people couldn’t care less as long as they’re not directly affected by something.

    • James Latham

      Someone who knows the true facts. Good post.

      • I hear all this stuff from various people over the years and how do people know all this and why is this type of thing always buried as if it’s some hidden secret? With so much corruption, you would think people would be more suspect of what Donald Trump is doing right under our eyes but it seems that people are convinced that he is some type of savior and I think we are all in for a rude awakening just like this whole thing with cops. It’s a way of life in 3rd world countries and with the dangers and the price paid for that risk both with their lives and their incomes, I’m really not surprised this is happening in this climate we live in.

    • Misty Shakleford

      You are 100% correct. Nobody wants to believe their government is so corrupt. It drives me bonkers when people think I’m making this shit up.

      • Me too. I’ve given up as I don’t understand all these things enough to explain it that well and when I try to tell people, I sound like a conspiracy theorist and some nut case so I just let people come to their own awareness of what’s going on when they are ready to hear it. you can’t force it. Some of it is too devastating to people and maybe better they don’t know

  • This is not the complete answer. Stop the shadow government import into the country.;

    • meatwad_SSuppet

      No, ending all prohibitions will fix this corruption, as our Ninth Amendment demands that we do.

      • There is actually a group of police officers that support an end to all prohibitions but I forget the name of it… I’m sure if you google it, you would find it…People don’t realize this actually works in other countries like Portugal for instance.

  • David Hall

    It all comes from a corrupt war on drugs. That is the biggest money making operation in law enforcement and prison system to lockup or kill people. The corrupt POS LE steals, sales the drugs or takes for their own use. They will never stop the drug war, as it is for revenue collection for all the crooks, judges, D.A.’s, cops. Cops at the biggest criminal enterprise in America. Qualified Immunity is the permit for killer cops to get away with cold blooded murder at will. The same thing started like this with Germany and the police state before Hitler’s S.S.came to power. America is a full blown police state now after 911, the patriot act was what started taking away peoples rights in the name of terrorism.

  • ryan miller

    Lol all nigger cops

    • Peter Steiner

      With that comment of yours you really want to be taken serious, Ryan Miller?

      • You need to shut up Ryan Miller. Why do you think people would find your comment LOL…You are the low class person you are trying to call out.

  • palvadore

    The local cops thought they could get away with skimming the FED.

  • Fortunato Arriza

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/fa8dfa789c3c21d138d342a5d8db4cbfd496ad95c0f25ac86447889d70073785.jpg Cops are enjoying eureka California ,pot growers,I know are opiate addicts.they trade pot for cristal and pills.the police are allowed to act stupid.they,police,even rob from me.im not even involved with pot business,that kills salmon and whales with excess nutrients to rivers.culo poli.

  • AJ

    Hollyweird writers and directors probably use cops like this as consultants when they make movie reenactments such as Bad Lieutenant and Training Day.

  • Ibcamn

    as usual,cops are junkies and drug dealers……criminals plain and simple.

  • john

    The C.I.A. was built on drugs and always has been. The lesson was learned during prohibition when the Feds were taking kick backs from the bootleggers. The mafia and the C.I.A.. became essentially one and the same at this point and have been ever since. I mean they take over Afghanistan and Heroin production increases TEN- fold. At the same time heroin overdoses increase EIGHT-fold in North America.
    Hmmm, do you think the two might be related?

  • Dale Wood

    Why do you THINK that ALL the LAW enforcement Agencies DO NOT WANT MARIJUANA LEGALIZED ?? & THEY say it’s because it is a GATE WAY DRUG. I DID SPEED along time before I tried POT & that was to come down off of the SPEED !! Been There – Done it !!!

  • Yet another reason why the war on drugs is bull$hit. The enforcers themselves are dirty.