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Cleveland ATF Agent Pleads Guilty to Stealing Money During Raid

ATF Agent Steven Campbell/u.s. marshals service photo

By Allan Lengel

As expected, an AFT agent pleaded guilty Wednesday in Cleveland federal court  to stuffing his pants with money he was stealing during a drug raid in suburban Cleveland, the station WEWS reported.

Agent Steven Campbell, 32, was accused of hiding $46,785 in cash that he was stuffing his pocket when he was confronted by other agents at the scene.

According to a court affidavit by Nicholas Candela, a special agent with the Justice Department Inspector General, on Oct. 18, ATF agent Campbell was part of a task force that raided a home in Lyndhurt, Ohio shortly after 7 a.m.

Agents confronted the drug suspect, who after being read his Miranda Warning, confessed that he had a couple pounds of marijuana in a blue bag in the garage and between $45,000 and $50,000 under a dresser.

Campbell went upstairs along with at least one DEA agent. A plastic bag full of cash was found under the dresser.

While agents searched the house, the affidavit said, Campbell “remained near the corner of the room where the nightstand and the bag containing the money was located.”

One agent observed Campbell leaning over the nightstand toward the bag “with his right hand” and saw the “right hand go into his right side pants cargo pocket.”

The agent then saw Campbell “again reach down behind the nightstand and into the bag of money and then again place his rigtht hand in his right side pants cargo pocket”, the affidavit said. The agent saw Campbell do this “approximately three or four times.”

Campbell also kneeled down near the nightsand and untied his right boot “and opened the top of the boot”, the affidavit said.

At that time, the agent left the room and told someone else that Campbell might be stealing the money.

The agent returned to the room and saw Campbell continue to reach in the bag and take the money.

Agents eventually confronted Campbell, but Campbell said he only had personal money on him, the affidavit said.

When one agent said he wanted to check Campbell, “Campbell “stated that they would need a warrant.”

He was then led downstairs and placed in a chair and watched by some of the members of the search team. He was then handcuffed and his gun was taken, affidavit said.

The law enforcement people decided to wait for ATF agent Ed Dabkowski to arrive to search Campbell.

While Campbell waited in the chair “a bundle of money fell from his right pants leg and onto the floor.”

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