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14 Law Enforcement Officers Indicted in Massive North Carolina Drug Stint

Posted by Josh Valentine | Jul 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

Scandals involving illegal drugs and associated crimes have pretty much become commonplace in the nation. When these crimes are committed, citizens rely on law enforcement officials to offer them protection by arresting perpetrators and bringing them to justice. But time and time again, citizens have witnessed that sometimes, the very authorities that are supposed to be primarily concerned with public safety are the very figures who are also engaged in illegal activity. The existence of “crooked cops” is not a new phenomenon. Civilians have witnessed this misconduct exhibited by law enforcement since the institution has been established. When these officials are exposed and punished, it is often a public spectacle. These instances serve as a reminder that law enforcement officials are not infallible and are capable of making mistakes.

A recent example of this misconduct recently transpired in North Carolina and Virginia, when more than a dozen cops were busted for being apart of a massive drug stint. The undercover operation, known as “Operation Rockfish,” had been actively under siege for nearly a year and a half.

According to recent articles, eight law enforcement officers, four correctional officers, and two prison employees were arrested for serving as escorts and distributors in a drug trafficking operation involving heroin and cocaine. They assisted civilians with trafficking the illegal substances up and down the 1-95 corridor in North Carolina.

The most shocking part of this scandal was the arrests of 11 Northampton County, North Carolina police officers. The arrests made by the FBI, DEA and other agencies immensely shocked fellow employees, members of the community and family members alike. County Sheriff Jack Smith expressed his emotions pertaining to the entire ordeal.

“I'm hurt and surprised. I'm shocked and appalled at these types of indictments,” Smith told the media. “We can't tolerate this type of behavior, especially from law enforcement. They've let me down. They've let the sheriff's office down. They've let the citizens down as well as their families. Most of them have children and they've let them down as well.”

All 14 defendants were recently indicted on numerous charges. These charges included counts of bribery, the use of a firearm and the conspiracy to distribute illegal narcotics. Thorough investigations made during the course of the operation revealed that the law enforcement agents protected the shipments of drugs in exchange for thousands of dollars. And according to a prosecutor, when confronted with evidence of their involvement, the participants all gave some form of a confession.

The FBI claims that there is a possibility that other arrests may be made.

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About the Author

Josh Valentine

All through my life, I have personally witnessed family members and very close friends endure divorce, child custody battles, bankruptcy, civil lawsuits and even fraudulent criminal accusations. I both saw and experienced the stress such events can place on an individual, and I realized that everyone, at some point in their life, needs hope, comfort, and encouragement. In each one of those situations, the person that was best situated to provide that vital support was their lawyer.  So that's why I became an attorney.  I understand what you are going through—and I'm here to help you.  Our office is focused on meeting your needs and guiding you through what may be the most difficult time of your life. Before attending law school, I worked for a law firm focused on record clearing services, including expungements, pardons, and motions for appropriate relief.  The vast experience and understanding of North Carolina's expungement laws that I have acquired has given me an advantage in defending criminal charges, because not only do I fight for the best possible outcome in your case, but I am also continually conscious of the long term effects that a criminal charge or conviction can have on a person's life.  As such, I will do whatever I can to insure that my clients will not end up with a criminal record.  I was born in New London, Connecticut, but spent the first few years of my life in Dallas, Texas, before moving to Rutherfordton, North Carolina in 2001.  Upon graduating from high school, I attended Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, North Carolina, where I majored in Accounting.  Eager to finish school, I began law school at Charlotte School of Law the day of my graduation from GWU, and completed my law degree in two years (instead of the typical three). During law school, I studied hard and strived to acquire the most experience possible so that I would be practice ready upon graduation.  The opportunities I gained included prosecuting criminal defendants through an externship with the Burke County District Attorney's Office, defending criminal defendants through Charlotte School of Law's Criminal Justice Clinic, and interning with Farmer & Morris, PLLC. I am blessed with a beautiful wife, Gabrielle Valentine, who is an attorney at Farmer & Morris, PLLC, in Rutherfordton, North Carolina.  In my free time, I enjoy helping with the youth group in my church, playing basketball and softball in our local church leagues, serving in the prison ministry, and spending time with my family.  Education: Charlotte School of Law J.D., Magna Cum Laude Class Rank – 21 of 328 Associate Editor of Charlotte School of Law Law Review Certification and Concentration in Employment Law Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society Order of the Crown Pro Bono Honors CALI Awards (Highest Grade)—Lawyering Process I and Contracts I Full Scholarship Gardner-Webb University B.S. in Accounting, Summa Cum Laude Distinguished Senior Student Award – Highest GPA Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honorary Society Bar Admissions: North Carolina State Bar


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