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16 November 2005

crack? smack? a mack so u can whack? Officer Friendly's the Man! The Man's the Man!

Bethel (North Carolina USA)
Police Chief
Reginald Roberts
(from Bethel PD website)

Okay, so you're new in town, or you suddenly decide you want to try crack cocaine for the first time in your life.

It's a serious crime to buy or sell or possess crack cocaine, and you're not much of a criminal, you don't have any low-rent druggie friends, so you have no idea who sells it.

One curious and inevitable consequence of criminal prohibition of drugs is that the police are always reliable sellers of heroin, cocaine and marijuana. There's tons of the stuff in the police evidence locker -- but only certified licensed police officers are allowed to enter the evidence locker and take anything away.

Anyway, if you can't find the drugs you want -- well, don't call 911, that's for emergencies only. Look up the Non-Emergency Number. Ask for the Vice and Narcotics Squad.

Vleeptron apologizes to all honest police officers.

How many American police officers are honest and how many are corrupt and involved in the multi-billion-dollar criminal drug market?

I don't know. But during the 14 years when alcohol manufacture, sale and possession were criminally prohibited in America (1919 - 1933), it's estimated that 15 percent of all law enforcement officers in America were on the payroll of organized crime bootlegger gangs. (In those days, police chiefs on the Canadian border and in Florida were also excellent rum-runners in high-speed police boats. That's when the modern speedboat evolved, to bring liquor in from Canada and the Caribbean.)

Oh, you don't think so?

Okay, you open up a Drug Supply Business and sell millions of dollars of cocaine and heroin each year, and try to do it without paying for Police Protection.

I mean -- cops raid and bust drug dealers all the time. But there are still plenty of drugs. Which drug dealers do they raid? And which drug dealers do they leave alone? How does the car filled with heroin know which U.S. Customs drive-through lane to steer for at the Mexican border?

I can't waste all Vleeptron's posts on these stories of cops and police chiefs and border guards and prison guards busted selling narcotics. Vleeptron has other important business, like porno video games and re-telling stories from The Thousand and One Nights.

But if you want more more more more more more of these stories, go to the Media Awareness Project. MAP's got a gazillion of 'em, going back at least a decade -- all clipped from ordinary standard daily hometown American newspapers. Oh -- and from international newspapers, too. And wherever drugs are criminally prohibited -- the cops are your most reliable source for drugs.

Oh yeah, guess what else they got lots of in the police evidence locker? Guns guns guns guns guns! So if you want an unlicensed high-power assault rifle or pistol with your crack, speak to a cop to buy one of those, too!


Jury Indicts
Bethel Police Chief

Newshawk: Beth
Pubdate: Tue, 15 Nov 2005
Source: Daily Reflector (Greenville, North Carolina USA)
Copyright: 2005 Daily Reflector
Bookmark: (Cocaine)


A federal grand jury has indicted Bethel's police chief on drug and weapons charges, 13 days following his arrest by the FBI.

Reginald Roberts, 41, who is currently suspended without pay from his position, was indicted Wednesday on five charges, according to a Monday announcement.

He faces one count each of distribution of a controlled substance, conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, use of a firearm during the commission of a crime in relation to drug trafficking and two counts of distributing a firearm to a convicted felon.

A Bethel police lieutenant, Jerome Cox, 31, was arrested along with Roberts on Oct. 27 after a three-month probe of allegations involving drug trafficking and illegal gun sales conducted by the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office and federal agents, officials said.

The indictments against Roberts allege he conspired to distribute crack cocaine between Sept. 1 and Oct. 24, and on Oct. 24 distributed more than five grams of crack cocaine while carrying a gun.

The indictment also alleges on Sept. 1 and Oct. 23 he sold guns to felons, one a .380-caliber pistol and the other a .45-caliber pistol.

No trial date has been set.

Roberts and Cox became the focus of the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office in August after individuals alleged Roberts made comments suggesting he would take narcotics seized by Bethel police officers and distribute them to persons to be sold on the street, Capt. Tim McLawhorn of the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office said.

After a preliminary check of the allegations, Beaufort County investigators contacted the FBI's Greenville office for assistance, and together, the organizations began planning how to proceed.

On Oct. 23, the case turned when a cooperative witness, armed with a concealed recording device provided by law enforcement, visited Roberts at his Winterville home, an affidavit filed in federal court said.

While there, Roberts reportedly sold the witness, who was not identified in court documents, a .45-caliber pistol for $750, even though he knew the witness was a convicted felon.

A day later in Washington, N.C., Roberts -- this time with Cox by his side -- met with the convicted felon again.

The felon directed the men to an impound lot that supposedly contained a pickup truck which held the money and drugs of a recently incarcerated drug dealer.

According to the affidavit, Roberts and Cox broke the window and entered the truck.

Once in, Roberts discovered a black nylon bag containing 10.7 grams of crack cocaine, $2,000 in cash and an electronic scale, the document said.

The vehicle was planted by the FBI in cooperation with the impound lot owner, McLawhorn said.

Sheriff's investigators and FBI agents followed as the men drove to a nearby parking lot and divided the money. The felon was given $290 in cash and the entire supply of crack while the Bethel officers kept $1,710, the bag and the electronic scale.

The Bethel Board of Commissioners appointed Barry Stanley, a captain with the department as interim chief.

Stanley, a 33-year-old Kinston native with more than 14 years of law enforcement experience, said his officers will carry on with aid from the Pitt County Sheriff's Office and the State Highway Patrol.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sorry to hear this about Reggie. I remember him as a little boy growing up in Rogers Project in Bradenton, FL with his sisters and mother. He was such a great kid and didn't give his mother any trouble. We can only pray for him and his family.

Blogger Bob Merkin said...

Anonymous! Jeeeeeeeeeez! Leave a link or an e-mail address or SOMETHING so I can keep talking to you.

Okay, here, in this Comment I will type:

Reginald Roberts Bethel

so if you Google him again, you might see I'm trying to reply to you.

Former Chief Roberts was indeed just about universally described by all who knew him as a damned fine neighbor and police officer and chief. And your childhood memory, there were a lot of those, too from people who knew him as a boy.

Okay, now I don't want to scare you -- this is NOT the website of the Communist Party of Cyberspace -- but I have been posting these "Police Chief Arrested ..." stories (and I'm sorry to say there will be More of these) as a Topic in the Shape and Flavor of Contemporary American Politics. I ask the Search Engine to look for

Chief Arrested

and see what comes back. (In the USA, a lot.)

Clifford has raised in his Comment a very fundamental issue: Why are so many of the busted and ruined Police Chiefs African-Americans? (Or why were the first ones I found from the Search Engine African-Americans?)

And there is an Answer.

I'm going to be writing A Long Thing, and I hope a very serious Long Thing, about this business of government disenfranchisement of African-Americans and Hispanic-Americans -- the feds trying to destroy anyone in these minorities who has achieved political influence or status.

Meanwhile here's something you might think about.

This man whom you remember as a great kid -- they've locked him up and thrown away the key, and the want the World to Forget Him forever. That's the Official Plan for Reginald Roberts.

Now would be the moment he would most appreciate and most need to know you remember him as a pretty darned fine human being who you enjoyed having as a neighbor.

The World is trying to take away his Name and turn him into a Number. The World is trying to strip him of all the friends and neighbors he ever had.

Write him (no easy trick, but it's possible) to tell him you know his Name, you know Him, and you wish him all the Good Things that are possible to someone in his situation.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

All of this junk about my uncle thats been going around is not true he was set up and I believe he should be released he hasnt done any thing wrong ever. All he has ever done was be a good man to his family and a great officer he has served his country and just been and all around good guy and Im tired of it all I been hearing lately is a bunch of lies that has been spread around about my uncle and all Im goin to say is he didnt do anything wrong

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