In Houston, a Houston police sergeant was arrested July 27 on charges he took a bribe to provide protection for a vehicle carrying several kilograms of cocaine. Sgt. Leslie Atkins, 46, faces federal charges of aiding and abetting the possession with the intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine and with accepting a $2,000 bribe to provide protection for a vehicle transporting seven kilograms of cocaine. He was arrested after a June 22 indictment was unsealed. The 19-year veteran has been suspended without pay. He faces a mandatory minimum 10-year sentence on the cocaine charge and could get life, and he faces up to 20 years for the bribery count. He is out on $50,000 bail.Meanwhile, reports ValleyCentral.com:
A Cameron County bondsman is expected to appear before a federal judge and plead guilty to his role in the [former District Judge] Abel Limas corruption case.
Francisco Cisneros is expected to appear before U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Hanen in Brownsville late Monday morning.
Court records show that Cisneros is expected to plead guilty to his role in ongoing corruption case involving Limas, a former judge with the 404th State District Court.
The federal grand jury indicted Cisneros back in June with conspiracy to extort under color of official right as well as aiding and abetting extortion under color of official right.
According to the four-page, two-count indictment, Cisneros paid former 404th Limas $700 dollars to give Rodolfo Garcia a personal recognizance bond back in January 2008.
Cisneros is among seven publicly named suspects in the case.
Court records have linked an attorney in Austin and another in Brownsville to the case but they have not been publicly named or charged in the case.
The wife of a probationer from Judge Limas' court has also pled guilty to bribing the judge in exchange for a favorable ruling on letting hubby leave the state.
Suspect Role Charged Guilty Plea Sentencing
Abel Limas Judge March 29th March 31st October 3rd Jose Manuel Longoria Middleman March 30th N/A N/A Jose Santiago Solis Attorney April 29th* April 29th* October 12th Ray Roman Marchan Attorney June 21st N/A N/A Francisco Cisneros Bondsman June 21st August 8th N/A Armando Peña Probationer June 21st July 19th October 24th Karina Peña Wife June 21st July 26th October 31st
A former Lubbock-based federal ATF agent "spent most of Thursday testifying in a federal corruption trial that he stole drugs and money from crime scenes with several Tulsa (OK) police officers." Amazingly, he blamed the beginnings of his corrupt practices on "peer pressure" from others in law enforcement:
"It cost me everything," he said of his criminal activity. "It didn't happen overnight. I can tell you that. It was a gradual thing. One bad decision led to another, and I ended up in a situation completely over my head.Finally, in San Antonio, a Bexar County jail guard last month was convicted for smuggling hacksaw blades into the jail inside of soft tacos, the third time in three months Bexar guards have been caught smuggling items into the jail via food items.
"At first, it was peer pressure in accepting the money the first time. From there, it turned into greed. And for a time, that's the thing to do because that is what all these officers were doing, and I didn't see a way out," [Brandon] McFadden said.
He said he had tried to tell his supervisors about corrupt police activity but was "shut down pretty quickly."
These are all "isolated incidents," of course; kinda like the isolated cases of steroid use in baseball.