The U.S. Attorney's office filed a criminal complaint against JPD officer Bryan Jones for extortion yesterday. An FBI Special Agent spelled out the details of this alleged goon with a badge in an affidavit filed with the complaint. The agent alleged:
Individuals (From the Washington Addition area) reported that Jones was known in the community to be a corrupt officer, associated with certain drug dealers in the Jackson area. When dealing with the drug community, Jones would use the alias "Red."
Jones directly assisted these drug dealers with their drug trafficking enterprise and collected fees in exchange for law enforcement protection. Jones also gave these drug dealers concerning police intelligence, specifically which officers may be assigned to patrol a specific area at a specific time, or the identity of specific officers assigned to law enforcement task forces in the Jackson area. Jones also assisted these drug dealers by conducting illegal traffic stops, searches, and seizures on competitors or rival drug dealers. Jones conducted illegal traffic stops in his police uniform, using his marked JPD vehicle, and carrying his JPD service weapon. Sources have stated that Jones would steal any money and/or drugs in the rival dealer's possession and would give his associates the illegally seized contraband, keeping the illegally seized money.
To further aid the drug trafficking enterprises, Jones would also use his authority as a Jackson Police Officer to conduct NCIC checks on vehicle plates and guns which may have been stolen. Reports of illegal stops, searches and seizures, and other nefarious practices propmpted the following investigation by the FBI Jackson division.
The FBI apparently conducted a little sting on young Captain McCluskey. An undercover employee and an FBI agent set him up by telling himm a "fictitious associate was coming to Jackson to buy $5,000 in drugs." Jones played along. The team gave him the location of the car and other information. Jones showed up in his JPD cruiser with his blue lights flashing away. He searched the vehicle and took $5,500 in cash. Jones kept $4,000 and gave the remainder to the undercover employee. The money was never submitted or recorded as evidence.
The FBI conducted the same operation with another undercover employee. Jones took the bait and this time took $5,000 from the phony drug buyer. Rinse, Repeat, Rinse. Jones was more genersous this time around as he gave $2,500 to the undercover employee.
U.S. Attorney Greg Davis's office stated in a press release:
United States Attorney Gregory K. Davis praised the efforts of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and would like to thank Chief Lee Vance and the Jackson Police Department for their assistance in this matter.
Jones will appear in federal court for an initial appearance today at 2:00 p.m. before U.S. Magistrate Judge Linda R. Anderson. The offense charged in the complaint carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, and up to a $250,000 fine.
This case will be prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Mary Helen Wall and Erin Chalk