Betcha Didn’t Hear About THIS On The News: Crooked Cops From Multiple Agencies Providing Muscle For Drug Gang SNARED In HUGE Federal Sting!

Posted on February 13, 2013

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Georgia (The Gaslamp Post) – What began as an investigation into the activities of a local Atlanta area gang by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives turned out to yeild something much bigger than they had previously thought.  Federal authorities arrested 10 local law enforcement officers from several different agencies Tuesday after they allege that they were providing protection for the gang’s drug dealing operations.

Upon this discovery, the FBI then took charge of the public corruption aspect of the case.

Authorities arrested Atlanta PD Officer Kelvin Allen, 42, DeKalb County PD Officers Dennis Duran, 32, and Dorian Williams, 25, Forrest Park PD Sgt. Victor Middlebrook, 44, and Sgt. Andrew Monroe, 57, MARTA PD Officer Marquez Holmes, 45, Stone Mountain PD Officer Denoris Carter, 42, and contract Federal Protective Services Officer Sharon Peters, 43.

Federal agents also arrested two former law enforcement officers; former DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office jail Officers Monyette McLauren, 37, and Chase Valentine, 44.

Also arrested were civilians Shannon Bass, 38, Elizabeth Coss, 35, Gregory Lee Harvey, 26, Alexander B. Hill, 22, and Jerry B. Mannery, Jr., 38

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, some of the officers began working with the gang by providing protection during transactions back in 2011.  Some of the DeKalb officers were reported to have accepted payments of $8800 in exchange for providing protection during what they thought was the exchange of 5 kilos of cocaine.  Officer Dennis Duren of DeKalb County reportedly performed the work in uniform and while carrying a gun.  He allegedly drove his patrol car for transactions for a fee of $800 per instance.

Investigators say between April and September of 2012, Stone Mountain Officer Denoris Carter is said to have provided protection for as many as 5 different drug runs.  He had reportedly used his police cruiser for at least 4 of them.  During the last run he is said to have transported who he believed to be the cocaine buyer in his cruiser.  For his services Carter is reported to have received $23,500.

Atlanta Officer Kelvin Allen is alleged to have provided protection for the gang between June and August of 2012.  In return for providing police protection during three transactions which he believed that several kilos of cocaine were being exchanged, Officer Allen received $10,500.

Officer Allen is alleged to have been in uniform during these undercover transactions, and is said to have been patrolling the parking lot where it all took place.  For that he is reported to have been given a $1000 bonus.

Between the months of August and November 2012, MARTA Police Officer Marquez Holmes is alleged to have been the muscle for what he thought were four separate cocaine transactions.  He is alleged to have been present and oversaw the transactions while in uniform and in one instance, had parked his police cruiser next to the vehicle that is reported to have been where the transaction took place.

For his services Officer Holmes accepted $9000.

Officials allege that during the period of October through December of 2012, Forrest Park Police Officers Victor Middlebrook and Andrew Monroe provided protection for what they believed were six separate cocaine transactions.  Middlebrook was reported to have been in plain clothes but displayed a badge on his belt and carried his firearm on his hip.

For their protection over the bogus drug deals Officer Middlebrook accepted $13,800 while Officer Monroe accepted $10,400.

Sharon Peters, a contract officer with Federal Protective Services allegedly participated in at least two separate sham cocaine transactions in November 2012.  Authorities say Officer Peters provided protection and oversaw the transactions and in return accepted $14,000 in cash.

One of the civilians arrested, Mr. Alexander Hill is alleged to have worn the uniform of Clayton County police officer as he oversaw and provided protection for as many as 3 separate bogus cocaine transactions.  In return for providing that protection from December 2012 through January 2013, Hill accepted $9000.

Former DeKalb County Sheriffs Office Jail Officer Monyette McLauren is alleged to have provided protection for at least 2 cocaine transactions.  Of the civilians arrested in the case, Gregory Lee Harvey is accused of misrepresenting himself as a law enforcement official for wearing a shirt that read “SHERIFF” across the front and carrying a firearm during those transactions.

Former Officer McLauren, having left his position at the DeKalb County jail in 2011, continued to claim the ranks of law enforcement when he allegedly wore the uniform of DeKalb County Sheriff for another two undercover cocaine transactions.  McLauren is reported to have accepted $12,000.

Soon after that, Officer McLauren introduced another former DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office jail officer into the racket.  Former DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office Jail Officer Chase Valentine is also alleged to have donned the uniform of a DeKalb County Sheriff’s officer and provided protection for at least 1 undercover cocaine transaction.  Valentine is reported to have left the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office in 2010.

For his service, Valentine accepted $6000.

Federal authorities allege that DeKalb County Police Officer Dorian Williams provided protection for at least 3 separate sham cocaine transactions between January to February 2013.  Officer Williams reportedly was in uniform and carrying a firearm while patrolling the parking lot where the transactions had taken place.  He is also alleged to have instructed one of the civilians arrested, Jerry B. Mannery Jr. to immediately remove the cocaine from the scene in the event that he had to shoot someone.

Officer Williams is also alleged to have suggested the use of back packs when exchange the drugs, so as to not attract attention.

For the protection that he provided, Officer Williams reportedly accepted $18,000.

Duren and Bass are each charged with conspiring to commit extortion by accepting bribe payments and attempted possession with intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine. Duren also is charged with possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

Williams and Mannery are each charged with conspiring to commit extortion by accepting bribe payments and attempted possession with intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine.

Carter is charged with conspiring to commit extortion by accepting bribe payments, attempted possession with intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine, and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

Allen and Coss are each charged with conspiring to commit extortion by accepting bribe payments and attempted possession with intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine. Allen also is charged with possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

Holmes is charged with conspiring to commit extortion by accepting bribe payments, attempted possession with intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine, and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

Middlebrook and Monroe are charged with conspiring to commit extortion by accepting bribe payments and attempted possession with intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine; Middlebrook is also charged with possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

McLaurin and Harvey are each charged with attempted possession with intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine and with possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

Valentine is charged with attempted possession with intent to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

Peters is charged with attempted possession with intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

Hill charged with attempted possession with intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine and with possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

Authorities say that the investigation is still ongoing and that more arrests may follow.

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