The revelation of an Atlanta Police officer’s alleged involvement in a federal drug trafficking sting is disturbing. The Department has been, and will continue to be, cooperative with federal authorities to ensure that Atlanta Police officers involved in any illegal activity are brought to justice. Officers are held to the highest levels of accountability, and this alleged conduct violates our standards.
Senior Police Officer Kelvin Allen has been with the Department for 20 years, and was serving as a patrol officer in Zone 6. He has been removed from service effective immediately.
Federal agents have arrested ten police officers who worked in the metro Atlanta area for their alleged involvement in “multiple drug transactions” where they “took thousands in drug payoffs.” Five civilians were also apprehended as the result of a yearlong undercover operation investigating public corruption.
At a press conference this afternoon, United States Attorney Sally Yates said that officers were charged a range of offenses. Officers involved worked for a number of police departments, including Atlanta, Forest Park, DeKalb County, Stone Mountain, MARTA, and the DeKalb Sheriff’s Office.
According to U.S. Attorney Yates, the charges, “arose out of an ATF investigation of an Atlanta area street gang in August 2011.” It was in 2011, she said, that “ATF agents learned from an individual associated with the gang that police officers were involved in protecting the gang’s criminal operations, including drug trafficking crimes.”
According to Yates, the 10 arrested officers consisted of “two DeKalb County officers, two Forest Park officers, one Atlanta police officer, one Stone Mountain officer, one MARTA officer, and one contracted Federal Protection worker.”
The Federal Bureau of Investigation and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives worked together throughout this operation, which began as they looked into a local street gang’s drug trafficking. Agents uncovered the corruption early in the case and proceeded to follow police who were offering protection, security, and vehicle escorts for large cocaine transactions. Yates said payoffs were as high as $7,000.
During the press conference, Yates spoke directly to our local residents and communities and said, “it is troubling to hear that police officers were involved in this. They are supposed to be arresting these people, not helping them.”
The law enforcement officers arrested today were:
Atlanta Police Department (APD) Officer Kelvin Allen, 42, of Atlanta;
DeKalb County Police Department (DCPD) Officers Dennis Duren, 32, of Atlanta and Dorian Williams, 25, of Stone Mountain, Georgia;
Forest Park Police Department (FPPD) Sergeants Victor Middlebrook, 44, of Jonesboro, Georgia and Andrew Monroe, 57, of Riverdale, Georgia;
MARTA Police Department (MARTA) Officer Marquez Holmes, 45, of Jonesboro, Georgia;
Stone Mountain Police Department (SMPD) Officer Denoris Carter, 42, of Lithonia, Georgia,
and contract Federal Protective Services Officer Sharon Peters, 43, of Lithonia, Georgia.
Agents also arrested two former law enforcement officers: former DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) jail officers Monyette McLaurin, 37, of Atlanta, and Chase Valentine, 44, of Covington, Georgia
In addition, she called the corruption “very disturbing” and “abhorrent,” but insisted that it was not symbolic of the way thousands of other honest cops in the metro area conduct their work.