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Sat Jan 2, 2016, 07:47 AM

Entire Florida police department busted for laundering millions for international drug cartels

Source: Raw Story

Entire Florida police department busted for laundering millions for international drug cartels
Justin Gardner, Free Thought Project

02 Jan 2016 at 00:44 ET



Screenshot from "License to Launder" (Miami Herald)


The village of Bal Harbour, population 2,513, may have a tiny footprint on the northern tip of Miami Beach, but its police department had grand aspirations of going after international drug traffickers, and making a few million dollars while they were at it.

The Bal Harbour PD and the Glades County Sheriff’s Office set up a giant money laundering scheme with the purported goal of busting drug cartels and stemming the surge of drug dealing going on in the area. But it all fell apart when federal investigators and the Miami-Herald found strange things going on.


The two-year operation, which took in more than $55 million from criminal groups, resulted in zero arrests but netted $2.4 million for the police posing as money launderers. Members of the 12-person task force traveled far and wide to carry out their deals, from Los Angeles to New York to Puerto Rico.

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“They were like bank robbers with badges,” said Dennis Fitzgerald, an attorney and former Drug Enforcement Administration agent who taught undercover tactics for the U.S. State Department. “It had no law enforcement objective. The objective was to make money.”

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Video at link.

The War on Drugs is the real scheme that should be investigated.

Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/2016/01/entire-florida-police-department-busted-for-laundering-millions-for-international-drug-cartels/



A bit long but worth the time.

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marble falls Jan 2016 OP
raouldukelives Jan 2016 #1
rladdi Jan 2016 #2
metalbot Jan 2016 #3
marble falls Jan 2016 #7
Maynar Jan 2016 #4
Feeling the Bern Jan 2016 #5
dhill926 Jan 2016 #14
katmondoo Jan 2016 #6
Grins Jan 2016 #8
the_sly_pig Jan 2016 #16
IronLionZion Jan 2016 #9
Renew Deal Jan 2016 #10
valerief Jan 2016 #11
MariaThinks Jan 2016 #12
bobthedrummer Jan 2016 #13
JackRiddler Jan 2016 #15
AgadorSparticus Jan 2016 #17
MADem Jan 2016 #18

Response to marble falls (Original post)

Sat Jan 2, 2016, 08:45 AM

1. Like to say I am shocked by this.

Putting ones self above the needs of the many is so prevalent these days, and nowhere more so than in our supposed defenders who instead of fighting for peace, fight for a piece.

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Sat Jan 2, 2016, 08:47 AM

2. And the American people are to believe they exist to protect? Will the history of mass killings by

cops, I believe they love to get paid and they can murder too, since courts always believe they are innocent. Cops are human, not God are they pretend to be.

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Sat Jan 2, 2016, 09:17 AM

3. Direct link to the Miami Herald expose

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Response to metalbot (Reply #3)

Sat Jan 2, 2016, 09:38 AM

7. Thanks! Your article is much better than mine!

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Sat Jan 2, 2016, 09:19 AM

4. Gots to get me

a better job.

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Response to Maynar (Reply #4)

Sat Jan 2, 2016, 09:21 AM

5. Think about getting a badge: You can kill, extort, run protection, money launder, lie in court,

 

sell drugs, rape and beat your spouse all without ever facing any charges.

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Response to Feeling the Bern (Reply #5)

Sat Jan 2, 2016, 08:41 PM

14. and if you do ever get caught and convicted...

just ask for forgiveness, and all is good!

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Sat Jan 2, 2016, 09:30 AM

6. When you have a scammer as Governor what do you expect

He made millions in his Medicare scam who knows if he may know something about this.

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Sat Jan 2, 2016, 09:52 AM

8. I can't wait!!!!

It's going to happen. It always does. It repeats.

I can't wait to get the next Reich-wing email about cops protecting, and not there to kiss my ass. I (with a dozen others on the distribution) got one months ago with that theme. Did a "Reply-all" and said, "I guess someone never saw 'Serpico'."

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Response to Grins (Reply #8)

Sun Jan 3, 2016, 01:32 AM

16. I'll do it..

This time its cops, not accountants, or bankers, or housewives, or lottery winners, or stock brokers. Money corrupts, end of story. The only sparkle comes from the fact its a law enforcement agency this time and not someone that we've heard about before (not that it hasn't happened to law enforcement before. I'm sure it has).

Money corrupts every single day in every profession. Haters gonna hate regardless....

How'd I do?

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Sat Jan 2, 2016, 10:17 AM

9. How did they expect to get away with this?

a small town police dept does not have national jurisdiction and sooner or later someone would ask where the money came from.

They were bold.

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Sat Jan 2, 2016, 11:17 AM

10. It's those locals at Spurbury PD

Meow

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Sat Jan 2, 2016, 11:47 AM

11. If they can't make a racket out of it, they won't make a War on it. nt

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Sat Jan 2, 2016, 12:21 PM

12. i'm not surprised. i wonder how much more corruption there is out there?

these are the types of criminals that are targeting our young, innocent, black men.

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Sat Jan 2, 2016, 03:37 PM

13. K&R Yep, I wonder how much of that laundered money was made from the marketing of children? Do you?

 

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Sat Jan 2, 2016, 08:49 PM

15. Their mistake was to be Bal Harbour instead of...

 

you know, Chicago or NYPD, or CIA, or HSBC or Citigroup, or something like that. Something with room enough to hide the doings. Something too big to fail and too reputable to besmirch.

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Sun Jan 3, 2016, 02:41 AM

17. Holy crap. Why does weird shit always comes out of Florida?

This has movie written all over it.

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Response to AgadorSparticus (Reply #17)

Sun Jan 3, 2016, 12:09 PM

18. That was my VERY first thought--this could be a first run film. nt

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