Another Narcotics Task Force is in The midst of a Corruption & Brutality Scandal

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There’s a massive and growing drug task force scandal unfolding in New Orleans.

For the past year, the U.S. Justice Department has grappled with the fallout from a New Orleans-based narcotics task force accused of peddling painkillers, threatening confidential informants and swiping cash during drug raids.

The scandal has upended a growing number of federal criminal cases and prompted felony charges against two members of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration task force, including a Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy who quickly pleaded guilty to his role in a wide-ranging drug conspiracy.

The FBI continues to review a host of allegations — some too old to be prosecuted — against Chad Scott, a veteran DEA agent and former leader of the task force who has been stripped of his gun and badge.

But even as the full scope of the inquiry remains unclear, new questions are emerging regarding the oversight of the task force and a series of red flags that officials appear to have overlooked for years before launching a secretive investigation in early 2016.

Interviews with four current and former law enforcement officials and documents reviewed by The Advocate show the DEA had been warned more than a decade ago by its own agents, confidential informants and other sources of information that task force members, including Scott, were playing by their own rules, disregarding DEA policies and at times even profiting from an illicit drug trade . . .

For the full story visit: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-watch/wp/2017/07/06/another-narcotics-task-force-is-in-the-midst-of-a-corruption-and-brutality-scandal-this-is-nothing-new/?utm_term=.a7a14742f566

Source: www.washingtonpost.com

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