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Video: 9 Former Officers Sentenced for Protecting Drug Dealers

August 07, 2014  | 

VIDEO: 9 Former Officers Sentenced for Protecting Drug Dealers

Thirteen defendants, including nine former police officers, have been sentenced to federal prison this week for accepting thousands of dollars in cash payments to provide protection during staged drug deals that were part of a federal undercover operation, according to an FBI press release.

"This case sent shock waves through Georgia law enforcement offices, both local and federal," said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates. "Certainly, these departments are filled with dedicated officers who literally risk their lives every day to make our communities safe. But this case revealed a troubling number of officers from a variety of law enforcement agencies who betrayed their oaths to protect and serve, taking cash from the very criminals they should have been arresting."

J. Britt Johnson, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Atlanta Field Office, stated: "While the sentences in this extensive law enforcement corruption matter ends the careers of those law enforcement and correctional officers involved, it can serve as an opportunity to those many other law enforcement officers and personnel to re-dedicate themselves to the oaths of office that they took when they accepted the badge. It also serves as a reminder to the public that the FBI remains responsive to such allegations of police misconduct and corruption and will investigate and present for prosecution those involved."

"The vast majority of law enforcement officers serve the public with honor and distinction," said Acting Special Agent in Charge Ray Brown of the Atlanta ATF Field Office. "Officers like these unfortunately tarnish the badge of the committed men and women of law enforcement. These individuals will now have to face the consequences for their deplorable actions. ATF will remain on the frontline of preventing violent crime through the dynamic level of law enforcement cooperation with our partners."

Seven defendants who have been sentenced were active law enforcement officers during the time when they protected drug deals. Once the officers were arrested in February 2013, they were fired and are no longer police officers. All pleaded guilty before a federal judge. Those sentenced were:

  •  Kelvin Allen, 42, of Atlanta, Ga., an officer with the Atlanta Police Department, was sentenced to five years in prison to be followed by five years of supervised release;
  •  Dennis Duren, 32, of Atlanta, Ga., an officer with the DeKalb County Police Department, was sentenced to seven years in prison to be followed by five years of supervised release;
  •  Dorian Williams, 25, of Stone Mountain, Ga., an officer with the DeKalb County Police Department, was sentenced to seven years in prison to be followed by five years of supervised release;
  •  Victor Middlebrook, 44, of Jonesboro, Ga., a Forest Park Police Department Sergeant, was sentenced to seven years in prison to be followed by five years of supervised release;
  •  Marquez Holmes, 45, of Jonesboro, Ga., a MARTA Police Department Officer, was sentenced to five years in prison to be followed by five years of supervised release;
  •  Denoris Carter, 42, of Lithonia, Ga., a Stone Mountain Police Department Officer, was sentenced to three years, one month in prison to be followed by five years of supervised release; and
  •  Federal Protective Services Officer Sharon Peters, 43, of Lithonia, Ga., was sentenced to three years in prison to be followed by five years of supervised release.

Also sentenced this week were two defendants who were former DeKalb County Sheriff's Office jail officers at the time they protected the purported drug deals:

  •  Monyette McLaurin, 37, of Atlanta, Ga., was sentenced to six years in prison to be followed by five years of supervised release; and
  •  Chase Valentine, 44, of Covington, Ga., was sentenced to two years, nine months in prison to be followed by five years of supervised release.

Also sentenced were four defendants who were not law enforcement officers, but who participated in the drug transactions:

  •  Elizabeth Coss, 35, of Atlanta, Ga., was sentenced to six months in custody to be followed by six months of home confinement, and five years of supervised release;
  •  Gregory Lee Harvey, 26, of Stone Mountain, Ga., was sentenced to nine years in prison to be followed by five years of supervised release;
  •  Alexander B. Hill, 22, of Ellenwood, Ga., was sentenced to five years in prison to be followed by five years of supervised release; and
  •  Jerry B. Mannery, Jr., 38, of Tucker, Ga., was sentenced to four years in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release.

According to United States Attorney Yates, the charges, and other information presented in court: The undercover operation arose out of an ATF investigation of an Atlanta, Ga., area street gang in August 2011. ATF agents learned from an individual associated with the gang that police officers were involved in protecting the gang's criminal operations, including drug trafficking crimes. According to this cooperating individual, the officers—while wearing uniforms, driving police vehicles, or otherwise displaying badges—provided security to the gang members during drug deals.

Three individuals, while not law enforcement officers themselves, provided the cooperator with the names of police officers who wanted to provide security for drug deals. Once these officers were identified, FBI and ATF agents arranged with the cooperator for the officers to provide security for drug transactions that were described in advance to involve the sale of multiple kilograms of cocaine. The police officers, almost always wearing their uniform and displaying a weapon and occasionally in their police vehicles, patrolled the parking lots where the deals took place and monitored the transactions. These transactions were audio and video recorded.

Tags: Georgia, Drug Trafficking, Officer Misconduct, Gang Intelligence, Police Corruption, Officer Prosecution


Comments (4)

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kevCopAz @ 8/7/2014 5:04 PM

I have zero sympathy for these criminals in blue/tan. They deserve what they get and more. They make me sick and should get the cold shoulder of any real cop. I hope they have some way of protecting themselves now while in prison, now comity the wrath!

Ima Leprechaun @ 8/9/2014 8:45 AM

Sadly, this is problem is common due to the amount of "easy" money available. Corruption is pretty much everywhere but we hardly hear about the good side of Law Enforcement in the Media. Most Officers are honest hard working people and they too deserve some credit for a job well done.

Rich Roth @ 8/10/2014 8:21 AM

Good job all involved, we need to clean house when needed. These folks are the line that separates us from the bad guys and we need it to be a solid line.

Greg @ 8/11/2014 4:46 AM

They're just picking on them because they're black...expect to see this defense by their supporters. It's sad to hear comments about officers who were looking to support drug dealers. They're going to be popular in prison, as well they should.

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