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Grand Jury Probing Whether Philly Cop Helped Tip Drug Kingpin About ATF Raid

These type of breaches undermine the integrity of the system and reminds us that the this type of corruption just doesn’t happen south of the border.
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By John Shiffman and George Anastasia
Inquirer Staff Writers
PHILADELPHIA — Hours before ATF agents raided his home and arrested him in 2005, Philadelphia drug kingpin Alton “Ace Capone” Coles got a phone call from a friend in California warning that “the feds were coming.”

Federal authorities now believe the friend’s source for that tip was a Philadelphia police detective.

The detective, Richard “Rickie” Durham, was working with a 200-member task force that was poised to execute a series of raids that would take down Coles and most of his top associates on Aug. 10, 2005, capping one of the most significant drug investigations in recent Philadelphia history.

Durham, 43, is now the target of a federal grand jury investigation, sources said.

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