Chicago Police Officer Ran Cocaine, Heroin Ring!

Chicago Police Officer Ran Cocaine, Heroin Ring!
Posted by FoM on December 16, 1998 at 17:55:25 PT
How can this war be won with corruption like this?
Chicago A veteran police officer was among 10 people charged Wednesday with running a drug ring that allegedly distributed millions of dollars worth of cocaine and heroin between Chicago and Miami. 
Joseph Miedzianowski, 45, was arrested Wednesday as he reported to work at the Chicago police department's gang crimes unit. Miedzianowski, an officer for 22 years, brokered drug deals, served as a go-between with feuding drug lords and eventually took over daily control of the operation, prosecutors said. Miedzianowski's lawyer, Phillip Turner, denied the charges. Turner said his client -- whose telephone conversations were taped by the FBI -- was in contact with the other suspects only as part of his own undercover police work. "This is just some fairy tale that the FBI has dredged up from fragments of conversations," Turner said after Miedzianowski was led away in handcuffs. "This is an excellent police officer." Prosecutors said Miedzianowski took as much as $22,000 a month from drug dealers to intentionally throw his fellow officers off their trail and gave stolen guns and ammunition from the Cook County Sheriff's Department shooting range to known criminals. "This is something we haven't seen before," said U.S. Attorney Scott Lassar, who noted that other Chicago police officers have been convicted of helping drug dealers avoid investigators but not distributing the drugs themselves. All 10 are charged with conspiracy to possess and distribute more than 100 kilograms of cocaine, which prosecutors say has a wholesale value of $2 million, and unspecified amounts of heroin. The charge carries a maximum sentence of life in prison without parole for each defendant. 
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Comment #1 posted by Ginny Georgantas on November 29, 1999 at 10:13:38 PT:
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