Three Philadelphia police officers have been arrested in an ambitious alleged conspiracy to steal 300 grams of heroin from an alleged drug supplier and then sell the drugs to another drug dealer. The problem is that the second dealer was a DEA agent as was the money launderer. Arrested are officers Robert Snyder, 30 (shown left); Mark Williams, 27; and James Venziale, 32.
In statements which may find themselves in a defense motion for a venue change, Philadelphia Mayor Nutter stated “I’m personally pissed off about this kind of behavior . . . We do not employ criminals. That’s what they are. That’s how they will be treated.”
Venziale allegedly came up with the scheme after meeting reputed drug dealer Angel “Fat Boy” Ortiz. They targeted Miguel Santiago and arranged with the undercover agent to sell the drugs and launder the money. The officers allegedly also conspired with reputed drug dealer, Zachary Young. The officer were to stop Santaigo’s car to make it seem that the drugs were seized by law enforcement. plan called for officers to perform a staged vehicle stop to make it appear to Santiago that the drugs were seized by law enforcement, the indictment states
On May 14, Williams and Venziale stopped a car occupied by Ortiz and the undercover agent. They handcuffed Ortiz and allowed the other man to drive off with 299 grams of heroin. Williams and Venziale then drove Ortiz in their cruiser to another location and released him. Ortiz later allegedly paid the officers $6,000. He also allegedly paid Christal Snyder an unknown amount of cash.
44 thoughts on “Philadelphia Officers Arrested in Drug Conspiracy”
are you saying that i shouldn’t be able to get a CDL because of a 30y/o drug conviction? even with no DUI’s/DWI’s.
Do you think that people w drug records or dealing records should be allowed in public office if they disclose it?
Or to work as cops?
Or to work as lawyers?
Or to work as commercial drivers?
if the officers were members of any other organization then the police dept. then all members would be arrested under the RICO statutes. i don’t know if rico was another in a long line of unconstitutional law or the begining of the end.
best wishes for mike. he does make some good arguments.
What to do is get a lawyer and tell him your story and your case is likely dismissed.
here as some links to former CO judge joel thompson
I don’t know Mike but I wish him well
here is a link to an old General Accounting Office report on drug related police corruption
The EFFECTIVE NATIONAL DRUG CONTROL STRATEGY 1999
OBJECTIVE: REDUCE GOVERNMENT AND LAW ENFORCEMENT CORRUPTION
Buddha Is Laughing:
many thanks Buddha. I don’t get here as often as I’d like and I was wondering what had happened to Mike.
Mike, I hope you’re back soon cudgels and all.
I’m probably going to have to stalk you around the blog for a couple of days … please get Thee to http://jonathanturley.org/2010/07/13/oakland-police-announce-they-will-not-respond-to-various-crimes-like-burglary-grand-theft-and-other-crimes/#comment-144583
Made my day BIL with that news.Thinking about you Mike S.
Buddha Is Laughing,
Thank you for the update and I’m glad to hear the news. I have been thinking of him often over the last few days and wishing we had his words of wisdom for CPP. Then I dismiss that thought as selfish and utter a quiet plea for his recovery and for all his friends and loved ones.
Completely OT but it is news I must share and it is news that will be welcome by all regulars:
I have heard from Mike Spindell.
He is currently undergoing treatment and on the national transplant waiting list, but the treatments and the wait takes most of his energy these days. Despite his absence and in his words, “I look forward to the day when I can come back and take up the cudgels, the sooner the better. Please say hello and give my regards to everyone there and let them know I do think about them. Your Pal, Mike”
Beth, prosecutors are among the most corrupt officials in America. If they want someone in jail they would be there whether or not a real crime was committed.
They twist and manipulate the system like the best Soviet commissar ever could. They use torture (plea bargaining) and even threaten ones family members to extract “confessions”.(Paul Roberts, The Tyranny of Good Intentions).
They throw dozens of fake crimes against people for which they have no evidence in order to terrorize the accused so they will admit to one of them in desperation of not wanting to spend 400 years in jail or some other absurdity, even if they did not do what they confess to. The “confession” thus extracted to avoid conviction on a plethora of charges becomes the only evidence to “prove” the crime.
All of this is forbidden by the Constitution. All of it violates the magnificent tradition we inherited from Anglo-Saxon Law and the Rights of Englishmen (which developed to SHIELD the accused from the state).
Stewart was never given the right to not incriminate herself.
The law is now a weapon used against citizens instead of a shield held up to protect them (as Roberts claims).
Law enforcement officials hate citizens. We are all now at great risk.
I’m going to court right now for this officer locking me up on a false arrest. Now what do i do? He’s the only officer that has been showing up for my court hearings. I explained to other officers and Judges that this officer took my money out of the car and all, and I was told to “chalk it up” he probably spent that on his wife….I’m being accussed of being a drug dealer and now look, the officer that put a huge halt in my life is behind bars for exactly that…What to do now?
Perhaps unfortunately, I always look for layers hidden deep beneath a story. And while I have no clue what’s really behind all this (it could be as straightforward as it sounds), I am reminded of the Bush administration’s targeting of Martha Stewart in the ImClone Systems shares trading case. She was small fish in a sea of extravagantly fraudulent whales. The case made no sense other than to use someone the Bush cronies didn’t care about to make the American people think something was being done about securities fraud. Or consider the Valerie Plame case. Things are not always as they seem.
Were these three cops the fall guys for an operation in which the drug dealers had somehow screwed a “whale” in the Philadelphia police department? Just sayin’.
If there are drugs and prostitution (and there always are, even in small cities), the police often are involved in some way.
There is much to be sorted out here in this case.
And I’m glad to see the word “alleged” used several times. As weird as he was, J. Edgar Hoover opposed stings and for a good reason perhaps such thinking applies to this case.
“FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover understood that stings orchestrated to catch criminals would corrupt law enforcement and be used to manufacture phony crimes with which to entrap innocents. Hoover would not permit FBI stings, because he did not want the FBI to become a criminal organization.” Roberts, The Tyranny of Good Intentions, page 157.
I’m not saying this was a planned sting, but it appears that the cops were predisposed to “dealing” with dealers in a nefarious way almost as second nature. The culture of cops is itself corrupted by the nature of the “warfare”.
The drug war is creating a totalitarian police-state and is corrupting law enforcement.
I am probably preaching to the choir here.
That would be the good news.
What’s not routine in this story is the cops getting busted by a DEA agent. Otherwise this sort of thing goes down everyday in urban America.
Temptation and greed … two of the oldest vices of mankind …
You shouldn’t label this article as “bizarre”. I think that drug related police corruption is common. In the 1930s also, during Prohibition, some but not all police across the country engaged in some sort of interaction involving violations of alcohol laws that resulted in the police receiving income from non police sources.
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