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Crime & Punishment: Drunk Woman Discharges Can of Bear Repellant in Hotel
Last year, Operation Bloodline, a joint effort between local cops and federal agents, led to the arrests of 105 people allegedly involved in the crack-selling operation of New Haven street gangs. The sting has been credited with reducing the area's murder rate. However, state's attorneys have hit a snag in their prosecution of two suspects because Hamden Police Officer Dedric Jones did not disclose, when he applied for a warrant to wiretap their phones, that they had both, at some point, dated his sister. Suspected gang member Zarkee Sanders is pressing for evidence from the wiretaps to be dismissed because Jones "was not impartial" in his investigation and was searching for ways to "discourage" Sanders' relationship with the woman. The voice of the sister appears in some of the recordings and she allegedly rented cars that were used for gang business. Officer Jones is claiming her involvement was a surprise to him, reports the New Haven Independent news website.
By Nick Keppler
April 23, 2013