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Feds: Washington State corrections officer tipped off drug traffickers to snitch

February 28, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Feds: Washington State corrections officer tipped off drug traffickers to snitch

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A corrections officer at a jail in Aberdeen, Washington is facing federal charges after allegations surfaced that he helped traffic drugs and also gave up the identity of a cooperating informant.

Federal prosecutors in Tacoma charged Charles A. Stocker, a 49-year-old corrections officer, on Wednesday. Stocker is accused of helping with drug trafficking as well as providing information about ongoing probes to criminals.

Agents with the FBI and DEA began an investigation in March after receiving a tip from narcotics detectives in Grays Harbor County. Federal investigators were informed that Stocker had passed sensitive information to traffickers in Aberdeen and elsewhere.

Investigators with the Grays Harbor Drug Task Force grew concerned that Stocker might be giving information about their operations, SeattlePi reported.

Charles A. Stocker, a jail guard at the Grays Harbor County Jail, is accused of sharing information on police activities to drug traffickers

Informants told their handlers to be careful in sharing information with other individuals in law enforcement, an FBI special agent indicated in charging documents. Some task force informants were being cut off from their sources of supply soon after they were recruited.

Charging documents also revealed that Stocker tipped off two convicted felons of investigations against them. Stocker is alleged to have told one prisoner that he could get out of jail by pretending to have a heart attack, which the inmate then did and received a furlough for two weeks.

Detectives listened in on calls between Stocker and the two criminals. According to charging papers, Stocker sold drugs with one of them, and at one point was holding $10,000 in cash.

The FBI agent said one of Stocker’s partners tipped another suspected drug dealer in March. Their conversation was taped because the suspected dealer was calling from the Grays Harbor County Jail.

Stocker reportedly assisted the dealer in exchange for a guarantee that the dealer would not sell heroin to his son.

Agents organized an operation targeting Stocker. According to charging records, Stocker was taped discussing how to conceal money made during drug trafficking. Officers then conducted a takedown bust in July in which they searched Stocker’s residence and vehicle after a drug deal.

Stocker has denied knowing about the task force operations. He deprecated one informant for not serving his time “like a man,” but refused to acknowledge that he committed any wrongdoing.

“I have never told them anything,” Stocker told investigators. “I don’t know anything about controlled buys.”

Stocker, who has been placed on administrative leave from the jail since he was arrested, has been charged with aiding and abetting drug trafficking, along with misprision, which is legalese for the deliberate hiding of a felony.

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