Heroes of the week: Deputies pair with disgraced ex cop to distribute Marijuana

Marijuana, Meth and a multitude of crimes. It’s a good these these “Few bad apples” were taken off of the street . Now we have nothing to worry about, right? I am sure that they are going to throw all the cases out that these degenerates testified on, right?      Unfortunately it is no on both of those questions.  According to an internal survey conducted by the police themselves, 46% of cops have witnessed malfeasance by other cops and did…….Wait for it…..Nothing.    That’s right, it is just a few bad apples. You need to remember this the next time you have contact with LEO. Whether on a dark highway or listening to them testify in court. Hero is earned, not a color you wear.

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Posted by Deborah Jarrett

Two former Kern County deputies have admitted their involvement in a corruption scandal involving a former Bakersfield police detective.

Derrick Penney and Logan August are each scheduled to plead guilty May 15 at the federal courthouse in downtown Fresno to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute marijuana.

The maximum sentence for the crime is five years in federal prison and a fine, but prosecutors will recommend a lesser sentence as part of the deal. Judge Lawrence O’Neill is not bound to follow the recommendation, but he did give lighter sentences to Damacio Diaz and Patrick Mara last year. Diaz and Mara, each former Bakersfield Police detectives, faced similar charges, though with higher maximums.

Court documents obtained Wednesday say that 10 times in 2014 August stole marijuana seized during sheriff raids. He gave the marijuana to a former confidential informant to sell and then received a $15,000 cut of the sales.

Between June 2014 and October 2014, Penney conspired with August, his informant, former Bakersfield police detective Patrick Mara and others to steal and sell marijuana that they took from a locked evidence storage facility. Penney profited $1,200, according to his signed statement of facts.

Public records obtained through Transparent California indicate that the two deputies each earned at or near $200,000 in pay and benefits during the year of their crimes.

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