The Knuckleheads of the Day award
Today's winners are, Kevin Companion, Stephen Harrison, Jeffry Courtney and Thomas Simcox. They get the award for the following.
Another fine exhibit of how some members of law enforcment are the biggest criminals around. Kevin Companion, Stephen Harrison, Jeffry Courtney and Thomas Simcox are today's Knuckleheads of the Day.
Two Hollywood police officers admitted Wednesday they trafficked more than a kilogram of heroin, finalizing a plea bargain that had been anticipated for more than a month.
Detective Kevin Companion and Officer Stephen Harrison entered guilty pleas during a 25-minute hearing before U.S. District Judge James I. Cohn and were allowed to remain free on bond.
Cohn set their sentencing hearing for July 20. Each man faces about 10 years in prison under federal guidelines.
Two other Hollywood officers, Sgt. Jeffry Courtney and Detective Thomas Simcox, also are expected to plead guilty before other federal judges, although no hearing dates have been set. They also face about 10 years behind bars.
A two-year undercover FBI investigation was cut short in January after Courtney and Companion learned they were under investigation.
According to prosecutors, the four officers ran a protection racket for agents posing as mobsters and used their patrol cars and motorcycles to escort heroin shipments.
The men also transported stolen diamonds from New Jersey, trafficked in stolen bearer bonds and protected an illegal card game on a yacht, according to court documents.
The officers were recorded on tape bragging they could easily find other officers in the department who would join the criminal enterprise. Soon after the arrests, lawyers for the four officers said they wanted to plead guilty before a formal indictment was issued.
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