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Ex-L.A. County Undersheriff Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison for Obstructing FBI

Former L.A. County Undersheriff Paul Tanaka.

Former L.A. County Undersheriff Paul Tanaka.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Paul Tanaka, a former Los Angeles County undersheriff, was sentenced to five years in prison Monday after he was convicted in April of conspiracy and obstructing an FBI investigation into deputy jail abuse.

Prosecutors alleged Tanaka, 57, gave deputies permission to use violence against inmates and protected them from recourse, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Tanaka also was accused of directing his underlings to intimidate the FBI during the investigation and conceal the whereabouts of an inmate working as a federal agent.

“Not only did he fail to identify and address problems in the jails, he exacerbated them,” the judge said of Tanaka.

Undersheriff Accused of Tipping Off Suspect in Large Marijuana Shipment

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 An undersheriff in Illinois is accused of tipping off a business owner about a  DEA investigation into  the shipment of more than 60,000 pounds of marijuana, the Daily Herald reports.

A sergeant at the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office leveled the accusations against Undersheriff Andrew Zinke, who is running for sheriff in 2014, the Herald reported.

Zinke dismissed the complaint as false.

“The complaint against me is not only erroneous and without merit, it also puts DEA officers in jeopardy during their ongoing investigation of narcotic trafficking,” Zinke said in a prepared statement earlier this week, the Herald reported. “Our office has fully cooperated with the DEA’s office for several years and will continue to do so.”

Zinke, who has not been charged with wrongdoing, declined to comment further.

A judge next week may decide whether to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate.