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Topic - Richard Delabrer
A former Prince George's County police officer was sentenced to five years in prison Thursday for protecting shipments of untaxed cigarettes in a scheme uncovered in a widespread federal investigation that also led to criminal charges for former Prince George's County Executive Jack B. Johnson.
A former Prince George's County police officer was sentenced Monday to almost four years in prison for his role protecting shipments of untaxed cigarettes and alcohol, a scheme uncovered as part of a widespread federal investigation into what the sentencing judge called a "cesspool of corruption" in county government.
You know that naughty-or-nice list that jolly old St. Nicholas keeps all year long? Well, this year he doesn't have to wait until Dec. 24 before he pulls out his Sharpie for the last time.
The favors that people asked of former Prince George's County Executive Jack B. Johnson in exchange for money were not always extravagant.
A former Prince George's County police officer admitted to organizing the sale of black-market cigarettes and alcohol and using his authority as a police officer to protect the shipments.
The shadow of corruption over Prince George's County government widened Monday with indictments against two county police officers and others on charges of trafficking bootleg cigarettes and alcohol, just days after County Executive Jack B. Johnson's arrest on charges of trying to conceal tens thousands of dollars in suspected payoffs from a developer.
"I always believed that you get out what you put in," Delabrer said in an emotional speech before he was sentenced. "Somewhere along the line I took a shortcut that will always alter my life."
"He's connected to the County Exec. Which is everybody's boss in my county," Delabrer said of Melhi, referring to him by his middle name, Singh. "When I pissed off my captain, he tried to send me to f------ Oxon Hill. You know, I had Singh just squash that s---."