Nakamoto: How corruption in BRPD led to hundreds of dropped drug charges
BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge police officer's arrest last year kicked off a domino effect that's now led to hundreds of dropped criminal charges and upheaval within BRPD's narcotics division.
-In December 2020, Officer Jeremiah Ardoin was arrested for possession of stolen property. After his arrest, Ardoin—a 12-year veteran with the department—reported wrongdoing within the narcotics division to his superiors.
-Just days after Acree's arrest, The Investigative Unit learned an internal investigation into corruption within the narcotics division was underway. Four high-ranking members of the narcotics division were transferred to uniform patrol amid that investigation.
-New video obtained by the Investigative Unit in April then revealed that Officer Jason Acree was caught on camera smashing evidence related to a drug case back in 2018. The suspect in that case was later arrested and convicted.
-A woman claimed she was wrongfully convicted on drug charges after spending three years in prison. Two officers who were transferred out of the narcotics division this year were the key witnesses in her case.
-Officer Jeremiah Ardoin, who'd been on administrative leave since his arrest, resigned Tuesday. In his letter to Police Chief Murphy Paul, he alleged "employees who have lied and illegally planted drugs on me are still employed there."
- Jeremiah Ardoin spoke with Chris Nakamoto in an exclusive interview, suggesting his arrest was a set-up. In his tell-all interview, he shed light on coverups, discussions of planting drugs on innocent people and quotas within the department.
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