Police Corruption

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August 07, 2008

It's not unusual for drug dealers to enjoy top shelf liquor, Cuban cigars and participate in orgies, but they can still get all these things at a local police station for a price, The Nassau Guardian has learned.

According to sources, acting police chief Reginald Ferguson is investigating allegations of corruption at Central Police Station, after receiving a letter that accuses junior and middle-ranking officers of wrongdoing. Ferguson told The Guardian yesterday that there would be serious consequences for the officers if the allegations against them are substantiated.

An accused drug dealer, who is fighting extradition to Miami, Florida, told The Guardian that the Hennessy was free-flowing at Central Police Station as officers catered to his desires when he came to court on remand or for hearing dates.

He said: "You can get anything in there. They even used to let us sex in there. It was like a brothel."

The man alleged that policemen allowed him and other men fighting extradition to have sex with their girlfriends or wives in offices in the station for $100. Sometimes the men had sex in bathrooms in the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal buildings, he claimed. The man claimed that he once had sex with two women in the court's bathroom. The rum was smuggled into the station in 20-ounce soda bottles, according to the source.

He claimed that an officer extorted $500 from him when he was freed on $100,000 bail on the extradition matter. He said that the man threatened to hold onto his release order if the money was not paid.

The corruption claims were made following news that an internal inquiry is underway into the actions of the officers who may have helped a drug suspect escape from the station on July 21. The accused drug dealer said he was not surprised at claims that policemen aided Omar Smith's escape.

He said: "Those officers will do anything for money. They are no good and it's about time that their deeds caught up with them."

Smith, 26, who is Jamaican, was remanded to Her Majesty's Prison, Fox Hill, when he was arraigned on a marijuana possession with intent to supply charge. But officials at the prison refused to accept Smith from policemen because they did not have a warrant to authorize his detention.

Smith reportedly escaped when he was returned to the station. Smith's warrant was reportedly found hidden in a desk drawer at the station, the day after his escape.

According to well-placed sources, an inspector stopped a constable from destroying a remand warrant on the day Smith disappeared. The officer was reportedly sorting through a stack of warrants before the prison escort when he removed one of them from the pile. The inspector interjected as the officer was about to rip up the warrant. He was told that warrants are never destroyed. The officer reportedly placed the warrant in a diary instead of returning it to the pile. Sources allege that criminal charges will be filed in connection with the escape.

Earlier this year, a police sergeant was charged with helping accused narcotics kingpin Melvin Maycock Sr. to escape from the Elizabeth Estates Police Station. Police arrested Maycock in February on an extradition request that was made in June 2004. He was placed in a cell at the station, but when officers from the Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) came to collect Maycock, his son, Melvin Maycock Jr., had replaced him in the cell. Sergeant Troy Lewis and Maycock Jr. were each granted $20,000 bail after they were charged with assisting the escape of a prisoner. Police captured Maycock Sr in June. He has been denied bail

By ARTESIA DAVIS

News date : 08/07/2008

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