A Georgia sheriff’s deputy is accused of peddling pot from his squad car.
The FBI said Darrell Mathis, 40, sold a pound of marijuana to an undercover agent and then coordinated a drug-selling scheme with another agent, the New York Daily News reports.
That scheme involved Mathis transporting pot to another state, according to the FBI.
“The FBI considers such allegations of criminal conduct by law enforcement officers to be a priority investigative matter,” said special agent Mark F. Giuliano of the FBI Atlanta Field Office.
An FBI agent who operated a sex crimes task force in Georgia is accused of using his position to get out of at least three drunken driving investigations, CBS in Atlanta reports.
Ken Hillman, who ran the northwest Georgia Crimes Against Children Task Force, abused his authority while being pulled over on suspicions of DUI, according to defense attorney McCracken Poston, who represents some of the child abuse suspects.
Poston showed a dash cam video as evidence.
“Because of his badge and his connections he got out of at least three instances when he should have been investigated for driving under the influence. Maybe more,” Poston told CBS in Atlanta.
The FBI is investigating one of its own after he allegedly used his badge to avoid arrest for drunken driving in Georgia, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reports.
Fort Oglethorpe police say Special Agent Ken Hillman received special treatment after getting pulled over for drinking and driving.
For the first time, the FBI acknowledged its investigating Hillman, who also is under fire for allowing a civilian to work on the Northwest Georgia Crimes Against Children Task Force, the Free Press wrote.
“The FBI is aware of the allegations made against one of our special agents and we have launched an investigation into those allegations,” agency spokesman Stephen Emmett told the Free Press.
FBI Special Agent Ken Hillman was leaving a bar with the wife of a local millionaire last year when he avoided arrest by convincing the responding officer to take him home, the Times Free Press reports.
The article does not say that Hillman was drinking but implies that.
On top of that, the woman, Angela Russell, who is not a certified law enforcement officer in Georgia, says she worked on a task force that cracks down on online offers for underage sex, the Times Free Press wrote.
Some defense attorneys are now questioning whether Russell compromised any of the dozens of cases.
“[These allegations] definitely damage the credibility of this task force and everything it’s doing,” said defense attorney Shawn Bible, who represents several suspects arrested recently by the FBI task force.
A judge believes Aubrey Lee Price, a Georgia banker accused of embezzling more than $20 million, is dead.
The FBI, however, doesn’t buy into a written confession and note that said he planned to drown himself off the Florida coast after he disappeared in June, the Atlanta Business Chronicle reports.
The FBI has seized all of Price’s cars, the Chronicle wrote.
Now agents are looking for his missing boat, a 17-foot 2004 Sea Ray Boats.
Police in Georgia are prepared to start enforcing the state’s controversial “show-me-your-papers law” after a federal judge lifted an injunction on it, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
The law allows police to check the immigration status of suspects. Anyone believed to be in the country illegally can be detained, the Journal-Constitution reported.
Aimed at pushing illegal immigrants out of the state, critics say the law is unconstitutional and would lead to racial profiling, the Journal-Constitution wrote.
Immigration rights groups said they will be on the lookout for abuse.
“Any type of violations of individuals’ rights — including prolonged detention — is something we will be looking for, documenting and will bring back to court,” Karen Tumlin, a managing attorney for the National Immigration Law Center, told the Journal-Constitution.
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The Justice Department filed suit against Georgia and its chief election official to ensure that residents who are in the military overseas can vote in the state’s Aug. 21 federal primary election, the federal government announced today.
The suit was filed because Georgia wasn’t planning to send absentee ballots to service members within the required 45 day before an election, the Justice Department said in a press release.
“Our uniformed service members and overseas citizens deserve a full opportunity to participate in all elections of our nation’s leaders including runoff elections for federal office in states where they are held” Thomas E. Perez, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division, said in a press release.
To meet the deadline, Georgia officials must send the ballots before July 7.