In honor of Repeal Day we bring you a story from a place affectionately known as Crook County, IllinoisProhibition is an awful flop.
We like it.
It can't stop what it's meant to stop.
We like it.
It's left a trail of graft and slime,
It won't prohibit worth a dime,
It's filled our land with vice and crime.
Nevertheless, we're for it.
Franklin P. Adams, 1931
Ten Cook County sheriff’s correctional officers, four Harvey police officers and a Chicago police officer are among 17 people who were charged today in a sweeping federal drug case that accuses the law-enforcement officers of working security in sting cocaine and heroin transactions, the U.S. attorney’s office has announced.We are very fortunate that Drug Prohibition is turning out nothing like Alcohol Prohibition. For instance you never heard of Alcohol Gangs beheading their rivals. Fortunately that was in Mexico. So just keep repeating. It can't happen here. It can't happen here. It can't happen here. It can't happen here.
Officers allegedly were paid up to $4,000 each as they served as lookouts and prepared to step in if law enforcement cracked down on the operations, authorities said. The undercover investigation run by the FBI allegedly saw officers protecting poker games and transporting cash.
Fourteen of the defendants were either arrested or surrendered today and are expected to make initial appearances in U.S. District Court this afternoon.
Two of the officers are accused of selling powder cocaine, and all are charged with conspiracy to possess and sell drugs.
Cross Posted at Classical Values