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Ohio ATF Agent Charged With Stuffing Pockets With Cash During Drug Raid

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A 32-year-old ATF agent has been charged with stuffing his pockets with drug money during a multi-agency raid in a Cleveland suburb, court records show.

Steven Campbell of Cleveland was arraigned Monday on theft charges in Cleveland in U.S. District Court and released. A Nov. 5 hearing has been set.

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.”

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Baltimore Cop on DEA Task Force Charged in Scheme to Get Informant Money; Also Charged With Pocketing Some Himself

baltimoreBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — A Baltimore police detective on a DEA Task Force was charged Tuesday with fraudulently arranging for an informant to get more than $10,000 in payoffs he didn’t deserve,  the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.  The cop is also charged with pocketing some of that money.

Detective Mark J. Lunsford, 29, of Sykesville, Md, was charged in one instance of lying in 2008 by saying that  the informant provided him a phone number of a drug suspect when in fact another informant had provided it. Ultimately, investigators got a wiretap for that number.

Following the wiretap investigation, authorities charged that Lunsford exaggerated the help his informant provided in the case so that the informant could get a $10,000 award.  Authorities also charged that Lunsford, with the okay of the informant, kept some of the award money himself.

In another instance, in 2009,  Lunsford falsely claimed that the informant provided information which led to the arrest of another suspect and the seizure of the suspect’s $17,490.  Lunsford allegedly submitted a false claim to DEA for the source to receive an award equal to 20 percent of the cash seizure, or $3,498.

He is also charged with stealing a rose-colored, stainless steel “Aqua Master” diamond watch worth more than $1,000 from a an investigation.