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Tag: Lee Lucas

Acquitted Cleveland DEA Agent Wants Job Back

clevelandBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Cleveland DEA agent Lee Lucas who was acquitted last week of helping frame 17 suspects in a 2005 sting,  would like to return to his job, his attorney told the Associated Press on Monday.

“Lee looks forward to returning to duty with the DEA as quickly as possible,” Joel Kirkpatrick told the AP in a phone interview.

AP reported that Kirkpatrick expected Lucas , a 19-year DEA veteran, to be cleared in the civil lawsuits filed  by people who were wrongfully charged in the sting.

Lucas was known as a hard charging agent, but also somewhat of a cowboy whose tactics sometimes raised questions.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office had charged him with  covering up and lying about made up information provided by an unreliable informant.

The AP said it could not reach anyone Monday at DEA headquarters for comment.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that DEA officials this week could decide on the status of  Lucas, who had been suspended without pay after his indictment last year.

Cleveland DEA Agent Acquitted on All 18 Counts Including Perjury and Obstruction of Justice

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Cleveland DEA Agent Lee Lucas, accused of perjury, obstruction of justice and violating civil rights in a case that involved framing people in a sting,  was acquitted by a federal jury Friday, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported.

The paper reported that DEA agent Lee Lucas broke into tears Friday after the jury cleared him of  all 18 counts stemming from a 2005 investigation.

“The truth finally came out after all those years,” said Lucas, 41, as he walked from the courtroom, the Plain Dealer reported.

The charges against Lucas stemmed from a 2005 drug investigation that resulted in about two dozen indictments, the paper reported.

Nearly all the charges were dropped after a key informant  admitted framing people “by staging phone calls and purposely identifying the wrong people as drug sellers,” the paper reported.

“Prosecutors accused Lucas of lying in written reports and in court to corroborate” the informant’s testimony, the paper reported.

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Cleveland DEA Agent Goes on Trial Jan. 6 on Charges of Perjury and Obstruction of Justice in One Heck of a Mess

clevelandBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

It’s never pretty when fed prosecutors go after a federal agent.

But that’s what will happen Jan. 6 in Cleveland when trial is slated to begin for Drug Enforcement Administration agent  Lee Lucas, a 19 year veteran, on charges he lied on the witness stand, made false statements in official reports, obstructed justice and violated people’s civil rights, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

The case includes allegations that he oversaw a rogue witnesses who helped put away innocent people. Lucas has denied doing anything criminal.

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Ex-Cleveland U.S. Atty. Defends Rogue DEA Agent in Court

The real question here is: Is Ex-U.S. Atty. Greg White being a stand up guy or simply covering up for the mistakes his office made?

Ex-U.S. Atty. Greg White/doj photo

Ex-U.S. Atty. Greg White/doj photo

By John Caniglia
Cleveland Plain Dealer Reporter
CLEVELAND, Ohio — In a rare move, former U.S. Attorney Greg White took the witness stand Monday, July 13, defending the credibility of indicted federal drug agent Lee Lucas.

White, now a U.S. magistrate, said federal prosecutors feared Lucas, a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent, worked too many cases too quickly and failed to document his work properly. But White stressed that his office never worried about Lucas’ truthfulness, as defense attorneys contend.

“The consensus was that he was trying to do too much, too fast,” White said.

A prosecutor in White’s office, Ronald Bakeman, agreed: “[Lucas] was running at 150 mph.”

The hearing offered a glimpse into how White ran the federal office and handled a controversial agent who snagged major drug dealers while fighting credibility issues.

In May, Lucas was charged in an 18-count indictment involving a 2005 drug probe in Mansfield. The indictment says Lucas oversaw informant Jerrell Bray as he made 15 undercover sales over two months. But 13 of the deals were bogus, leading to trumped-up charges against 17 people. Bray lied and misidentified drug dealers. Lucas, the indictment says, concealed information about Bray from prosecutors and lied at trials.

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DEA Agent Indicted on Charges of Lying that Resulted in 17 Wrongly Charged

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This has the makings of an ugly ugly public relations mess.

By John Caniglia
Cleveland Plain Dealer
CLEVELAND – An agent of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration was indicted today on charges that he lied repeatedly in a botched 2005 drug case that caused 17 people to be wrongly charged.

Lee Lucas, a 19-year veteran, was charged in U.S. District Court in Cleveland with perjury, making false statements, obstruction of justice and violating a person’s civil rights involving a case that resulted in 26 arrests in Mansfield.

A federal grand jury spent 17 months investigating Lucas’ role in the Mansfield case, a case that years later prompted judges and juries to drop charges against 23 of the people arrested.

Lucas, 41, was known for his intense work ethic, especially when teaming up with Cleveland police narcotics officers. He led a DEA task force that swooped up cocaine and sent scores of people to prison.

But his career, which began in Miami and later Bolivia, often was clouded with controversy and questions about his credibility.

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