Did you hear the one about the two guys in New Mexico, one a deputy sheriff and the other his buddy, who were intent on ripping off some drug dealers?
What could possibly go wrong? Quite a bit, actually.
According to the guilty plea of one of the parties involved, it all started when the deputy conducted a traffic stop on some motorists he thought to be drug traffickers.
The deputy then called his buddy and told him he found about $8,000 in the suspects’ vehicle. He asked his friend to drive to the scene and tell the occupants of the stopped car that he was an agent of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and needed to seize the cash, which were the proceeds of criminal activity.
The deputy’s pal did as he was asked and after joining the party, falsely identified himself as a federal agent and took possession of the money, which totaled $7,500.
Here’s where it gets weird: The friend told the deputy he was going to keep all the cash except for $1,000 the deputy would get as a finder’s fee. Huh?
That’s nothing. It gets worse. The guys they took the money from were undercover law enforcement officers and the money taken from their vehicle belonged to the FBI.
You can guess the rest. The 37-year-old friend pleaded guilty to impersonating a federal officer. He could go to prison for a few years.
Former police chief
It turns out that the friend was the former police chief of a small town in New Mexico.
His buddy, the deputy sheriff, at one time ran for the office of sheriff. He has pleaded not guilty to charges of theft of government money and attempted possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.
It turns out that the undercover cops were trying to get the goods on the deputy, who was suspected of shaking down drug dealers in the area.
Oh, and the deputy’s pal, the former police chief, is also accused of walking away with a considerable amount of city property when he left his job as police chief.
Got all that? It gets a bit complicated but the bottom line is that a couple of chowder heads got caught with their hands in the cookie jar and hopefully will get what’s coming to them.
After they do their time, they may even try to redeem themselves for bringing disgrace to the jobs they held and law enforcement in general.