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  • Another slap in the face for ICE...

    Damned shame. Brand new on the job and didn't waste any time in making horrible decisions.

    N.Y. federal immigration agent is charged in Newark cocaine shipment drug sting
    by Joe Ryan/The Star-Ledger
    Friday September 11, 2009, 6:15 PM
    NEWARK -- A federal immigration agent suspected of robbing drug dealers, was arrested today during a pre-dawn sting at a Newark warehouse where he allegedly tried to steal what he believed was a 110-pound shipment of cocaine, authorities said.

    Valentino Johnson, a 25-year-old rookie agent, was surrounded by federal agents and a State Police SWAT team after he and two others grabbed the fake narcotics from the sleeping compartment of a truck, authorities said.

    Johnson, of Brooklyn, was shackled when he appeared in federal court in Newark today for a brief hearing.

    He and his co-defendants -- Ernie Doyle, 27, of Queens, N.Y., and Kareem Middleton, 28, of Kissimmee, Fla. -- were charged with conspiring to possess and distribute cocaine.

    If convicted, they face between 10 years and life in prison, said Eric Moran, an assistant U.S. attorney.

    U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Falk ordered the men held without bail, pending a future hearing.

    Johnson was hired by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency in November, said Lou Martinez, an agency spokesman. He was assigned to ICE's Manhattan office and worked as an immigration enforcement agent, said Martinez, who declined to comment further.

    According to a release from the U.S. Attorney's office, Johnson works for the Detention and Removal Operations for ICE, which is a branch of the Department of Homeland Security. He is not an ICE special agent, the U.S. Attorney's office said.

    Several people who identified themselves as Johnson's relatives declined to comment after the hearing. His lawyer did the same.

    Authorities said they began their investigation in June, when Doyle allegedly told a government informant the trio had been robbing drug dealers. The informant -- who happened to work for ICE -- said he knew of an incoming shipment, authorities said.

    In August, the informant met with Doyle and Johnson, who flashed his ICE credentials and waved a radio frequency device, apparently to detect if the informant was wearing a wire, authorities said.

    Then the informant said the cocaine would be arriving in Newark, according to a criminal complaint.

    On Monday, the informant met with Johnson and Middleton. This time he pinpointed the shipment's location and arrival time, authorities said. The street value would be more than $1 million, the informant said.

    Authorities watched on Thursday as the three defendants and the informant pulled up in a silver Nissan Maxima to allegedly case out the warehouse, authorities said. The exact location of the warehouse was not disclosed.

    They were watching again as the three returned under the cover of a rain and darkness at 3:50 a.m. today, and Middleton clipped a padlock from the front gate, authorities said.

    The men slipped into the warehouse, grabbed the bait from the sleeping compartment and headed for the door, authorities said.

    Johnson emerged and -- seeing his fellow lawmen approach -- slipped his government-issue handgun from its holster and laid beside the door before being arrested, authorities said.

    "It is troubling that an armed federal immigration agent could be involved in such conduct," Acting U.S. Attorney Ralph J. Marra Jr. said. "But it is a credit to the ICE Special Agents involved that their well-executed investigation stopped him and his accomplices."
    sigpic Bet they got a ticket for obstructing the rear window. God Bless America!

  • #2
    Sad. The rapid increase in federal hiring is bound to let in some bad apples.
    Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. -- Aldous Huxley
    Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity. -- Albert Einstein


    • #3
      it's a little sad to think of all the people who have a strong desire to achieve the agent position who will do good in the field get passed on for people like this..


      • #4
        Not a slap in the face for ICE. IMO, A pat on the back. They hired him, and they caught him. Good Job guys!
        NEVER TURN YOUR LIFE AROUND. Most people that do end up shot stabbed or maimed in other violent ways....


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