Cop Deals Crack, Robs Drug Dealers…Yep, Jail
We take no pleasure in the bubbling green oozification that is the late, great humiliation of a number of Philly’s Phinest, many of whom seem to have taken on side jobs as drug dealers, child pornographers, rapists, heroin heistees and American psychos.
Nevertheless, we’ve got another for you here on the chopping block. It’s former Officer Alhinde Weems, who made his way protecting the streets by day and distributing crack, attempting to rob drug dealers and finding himself with a number of illegal weapons by, uh, night? Yeah. He’s been sentenced to 15 years.
Here’s something in which we do – sometimes – take pleasure: quoting ourselves blogging (and quoting others)! So, here we go. Mmm, already feels good.
The list of Philadelphia cops who have been charged with serious crimes in the last year is small, considering the size of the department’s 6,000-strong force.
But their alleged actions stand out because of their severity—or stupidity—or both. The accused include:
Ex-cop Frank Tepper, who was charged on Feb. 8 with fatally shooting an unarmed man, William Panas Jr., 21, during a neighborhood fracas in Port Richmond on Nov. 21.
Adrian Makuch, a well-liked Crime Scene Unit officer who was charged Dec. 8 with trying to take nude photos of a 15-year-old boy and to buy sexual favors from an undercover cop who had posed as a teen.
Tyrone Wiggins, a former Daily News “Cop of the Week” who was arrested Nov. 19 – a day after he retired – and charged with raping a 12-year-old girl several times over the course of years.
Malaika Mebane, who was arrested Oct. 17, a day after another cop claimed she saw a female prisoner perform oral sex on Mebane in a holding cell, while he was on duty.
And who could forget Officer Thomas Schaffling, of whom we blogged in April:
On March 26, Officer Thomas Schaffling left a Tacony after-hours club about 3 a.m. and couldn’t find his car. Two men, not affiliated with the off-duty cop, were getting into their own car, and Schaffling allegedly kicked and busted a fog light on their vehicle. Then, allegedly, Schaffling told them he was a cop and threatened to kill the duo.
A man who lives nearby told the Daily News he heard someone say, “You don’t know who you’re messing with. I could kill you.” Then, allegedly, Schaffling began firing his gun at the men, one of which suffered a grazed bullet under his arm and was treated at Aria Health’s Frankford campus.
Paul Messing, an attorney representing the two men (who are suing Schaffling, Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey and officers who responded to the shooting) told the Daily News: “He was just firing wildly…He seemed to be firing [bullets] all over the place and in their direction. It was just good fortune and Schaffling’s state of intoxication that no one was killed.”
And the three heroin dealers on badge patrol who, as Aaron Kase pointed out last week, allegedly, “pitched in to steal 300 grams of heroin” by working with “a man named Angel Ortiz (not the former Council member, don’t even ask) bought the drugs on credit in cahoots with the 5-0, then pretended to get arrested while his partner drove off with the stash. It was the perfect plan, except the partner happened to be a DEA agent.”
So, yeah. That’s all bad. But what’s worse is the comedy – in between sob stories about how dealing crack and robbing dealers was “out of character” for the young officer –brought to you by Weems’ defense attorney Jack J. McMahon, Jr.:
He said many police officers get “desensitized” to the “serious reality and danger” of the drug trade “because they see it every day. If they arrest 10 drug dealers one day, 10 more are back on the streets the next day.”
What’s one more?
If you can stomach it, read a little more of the Daily News article on Weems:
Court papers said the informant bought an ounce of crack from Weems on Dec. 17, 2008, for $1,300 and two ounces of crack on Jan. 14, 2009, for $2,400.
A few weeks later, Weems bought and transported what he thought was a $30,000 kilo of cocaine from Maryland for someone he thought was a drug dealer but was really an undercover agent. Weems was paid $500, and sham cocaine was used in the sting.
Weems subsequently began planning to rob a drug dealer’s stash house, meeting four times with the informant and undercover agent, who taped the conversations.
During the meetings, Weems stated he would use his badge, uniform and service revolver to enter the house and subdue any occupants, court papers said.
The robbery never occurred because authorities arrested Weems on March 27, 2009, before the planned robbery.