This is what happens when someone lives in the most corrupt state in America. You grow up seeing everyone on the take and just assume when you go out of state that everyone else is on the take as well. A Vicksburg drug dealer found out the old saying about "assume" is true as well. Our friend Carol Robinson reported in Al.com:
An OnStar tip alerting police to a stolen high-dollar SUV led to the biggest drug bust in the history of the Pleasant Grove Police Department.
A 45-year-old man is in custody, and police are now in possession of nearly 2 kilograms -4 pounds - of cocaine and $250,000 in cash found inside the man's home. Investigators say Gerand Ratcliff, who has no noteworthy criminal history, also offered police $50,000 to not arrest him....
It all began about 6 p.m. Tuesday when On-Star alerted police to a possibly stolen vehicle in the 400 block of Fourth Terrace. The 2016 Cadillac Escalade had been reported missing from a car dealership in Vicksburg, Miss.
Patrol officers went to the home and spotted the $75,000 SUV in the garage. They knocked on the front door of the hope, and were hit with a cloud of marijuana smoke when Ratcliff opened the front door, Reid said. The United Narcotics Investigations Team – made up of drug investigators from Pleasant Grove and Hueytown – responded to the scene. Ratcliff was detained, and police secured a search warrant for his home.
"The owner of the house (Ratcliff) was going to give our officers a large quantity of money if he could just 'walk away,''' Reid said. "He opened his safe there were wads of money. Bundles of money."
The safe was in Ratcliff's bedroom and actually contained $247,781. Police also discovered a brick of cocaine on a shelf in the basement, and another hidden on a shelf in the living room. The cocaine is valued at about $50,000 wholesale, but would be triple that when broken down for sale on the streets. Authorities also found about a dozen other empty kilo wrappers.
"With that amount, he's either been moving a lot of cocaine or he's a mule for somebody,'' Reid said.....
Ratcliff is charged with drug trafficking, attempting to bribe a police officer, first-degree receiving stolen property, unlawful possession of a controlled substance (Lortab), and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. Police also found scales, and other drug operation equipment. Rest of article.WBRC also reported:
Police say the suspect, Gerand Ratcliff, 45, offered the officers $50,000 in cash not to arrest him.
"All he bought himself was another charge," Lt. Danny Reid said of Ratcliff's actions.Article.