By OMER GILLHAM and DAVID HARPER World Staff Writers
Published: 4/9/2010 2:31 PM
Last Modified: 4/9/2010 4:14 PM
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A former federal agent implicated in a fabricated drug buy in 2007 has been indicted on four counts including drug possession with intent to distribute.
Brandon J. McFadden, 33, a former agent with the Tulsa office of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, was booked into the jail Thursday on a hold for U.S. marshals, jail records show.
McFadden pleaded not guilty during a hearing at 2 p.m. today in federal court to four counts that are contained in a newly unsealed indictment.
He is charged with taking part in a drug conspiracy, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute; possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime, and aiding and abetting money laundering.
He faces forfeiture allegations related to his alleged drug crimes.
U.S. Magistrate Paul Cleary presided over the McFadden appearance in federal court. McFadden faces a detention hearing Tuesday afternoon and will remain in custody until then.
According to the indictment, from July 2002 through approximately September 2009, McFadden regularly investigated potential firearms and drug trafficking offenses with the ATF.
The indictment alleges that beginning in January 2007, and continuing through October 2008, McFadden conspired with other individuals to distribute marijuana, powder cocaine, and methamphetamine in the Northern District of Oklahoma.
As part of that conspiracy, McFadden is alleged to have planted drug evidence on suspects; stolen drugs and money from suspects; and testified falsely in court. The money laundering count charges McFadden with using proceeds of the drug trafficking to purchase a Chevrolet Silverado on June 8, 2007.
The indictment comes from the grand jury overseen by U.S. attorney Jane W. Duke, of the Eastern District of Arkansas. The indictment shows numerous incidences in which McFadden and an unnamed Tulsa police officer allegedly took money and drugs from individuals in return for silence with the agreement that the individual would not be arrested.
In one incident, on Jan., 28, 2007, McFadden and a Tulsa police officer allegedly collected $60,000 in drug money but only turned in about $10,200, the indictment states.
In this incident, McFadden and the Tulsa police officer allegedly planted marijuana at an individual's home and pretended to discover the marijuana while serving a search warrant at the residence.
The drugs allegedly planted by McFadden and the police officer caused the resident to retrieve two pounds of methamphetamine and $60,000 in cash, the indictment states.
The Tulsa police officer who assisted in the incident only reported $10,200 from the search, records show.
An FBI agent arrested McFadden about 7 p.m. Thursday, according to jail records.
Land records show McFadden apparently had lived in Owasso but his arrest report shows a Lubbock, Texas, address.
McFadden was employed as a Lubbock Police officer in Texas before working for the ATF, said Capt. Greg Stevens, spokesman for Lubbock police.
He was hired by Lubbock police Aug. 2, 1999, and left the police force July 5, 2002, Stevens said.
McFadden went to work as an ATF agent July, 15, 2002, an ATF official said. He investigated drug and weapons crimes in Tulsa and worked with the Special Investigations Division of Tulsa Police Department, court records show.
McFadden resigned from the ATF on Sept. 25, 2009, the ATF said.
McFadden, along with Jeff Henderson, an undercover Tulsa police officer, has been implicated in a federal investigation in which prosecutors allege the pair fabricated a drug buy that sent a Tulsa man and his daughter to federal prison in 2008, records show.
Prosecutors allege that McFadden and Henderson, 37, coached a drug informant for the alleged drug buy that occurred May 8, 2007 in Tulsa, according to a federal motion unsealed and filed last week in Tulsa County District Court.
The detail of the alleged fabricated drug buy is consistent with a public corruption investigation concerning certain Tulsa law enforcement officers, the federal pleading states.
The alleged drug buy led to the convictions of Larita Annette Barnes, 33, and Larry Wayne Barnes Sr., 59, on federal drug charges, records show.
The Barneses were released from federal prison July 2 because the informant in the case, Ryan Logsdon, said he lied about the drug buy, the court filing unsealed last week states, a World investigation shows.
Larry Barnes had served about one year on two 5 1/2-year sentences, which were to run concurrently. Larita Barnes had served about one year on two concurrent 10-year sentences.
Henderson was placed on paid leave by the Tulsa Police Department last week.
Henderson, who has not been charged with a crime, has denied the allegations. Henderson maintains that the Barnes’ drug buy occurred and that it was proper and legal.
Meanwhile, Tulsa County District Attorney Tim Harris has ordered a review of cases in which Henderson has been involved. There could be more than 100, records indicate.
Harris’ office has been contacted by Duke.
Henderson has worked for the Tulsa Police Department for 14 years. He was assigned to the Special Investigations Division in about 2005.
In 2002, Henderson was suspended for two days without pay for violating police procedures while performing a bar check at a local bar in Tulsa, records show.
Additionally, the World has filed an Open Records Request to obtain the names of several Tulsa police officers subpoenaed by a federal grand jury looking into police corruption.
Deputy Chief Mark McCrory said that the police department received the subpoenas recently and delivered them to the officers.
So far, the grand jury appears to have questioned about 20 federal inmates, the World investigation shows. In October and November, the grand jury summoned 14 current or former federal inmates for testimony, sources said. Inmates previously interviewed by the World say prosecutors are asking questions about fabricated informants, stolen drug money.
By OMER GILLHAM and DAVID HARPER World Staff Writers
LARRY HENDRICKS Assistant City Editor | Posted: Tuesday, April 6, 2010 12:17 pm | (3) Comments
Font Size:Default font sizeLarger font sizeA Flagstaff-based agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives shot and killed his wife, then turned a gun on himself Monday evening.
Agent Daniel Raponi, 37, and his wife Jessie, 34, were found dead in their home on the 3800 block of Box Canyon Trail just before midnight, said Lt. Ken Koch of the Flagstaff Police Department.
"We discovered Agent Raponi and his wife both deceased from gunshot wounds," Koch said, adding that evidence at the scene suggested Raponi shot his wife, then himself.
There were no indications of a struggle or of any signs of forced entry into the home, Koch said.
Police were notified of the shooting when Raponi's children ran to a neighboring home where a Flagstaff police sergeant lived stating that they heard shots fired in their home.
Koch said that police are working on why Raponi shot his wife and then took his own life. The investigation is a joint effort between the police department and ATF.
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Domestic violence on rise in Flagstaff
StoryDiscussionLARRY HENDRICKS Assistant City Editor | Posted: Thursday, April 8, 2010 5:05 am | (3) Comments
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For more information on the National Fatality Review Initiative, visit ndvfri.org. For more information about domestic violence in Arizona, visit the Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence at http://www.azcadv.org
Marital difficulties appear to be the reason an agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives shot and killed his wife and then himself.
Although Daniel Raponi, 37, and wife Jessie, 34, were having marital troubles, Flagstaff police had never responded previously to the couple's home, said Lt. Ken Koch of the Flagstaff Police Department.
"The Flagstaff Police Department has no record of any prior history of domestic violence between Mr. and Mrs. Raponi, nor any record of a response to their home for any form of call for service," Koch stated in a press release.
The deaths come as the city is experiencing a marked increase in reports of domestic violence. Police cite a number of reasons, including increased community awareness, a broader classification standard for the crime and the financial pressures on families from the deep recession.
The two were found dead in their home on the 3800 block of Box Canyon Trail just before midnight Sunday, according to information from the police department. Evidence at the scene suggests that Raponi shot his wife, then turned his weapon on himself.
Police were notified when the children of the Raponis ran to the home of a neighbor who happened to be an officer with the police department. The children stated that they heard shots fired in their home.
The investigation, a joint effort between the police department and ATF, is ongoing.
DV INCIDENTS INCREASE
After a reduction in DV incidents reported citywide in 2008, DV incidents in 2009 exceeded 2007 numbers, according to police department statistics.
"There is a noticeable trending upward of total reported incidents," Koch said.
Misdemeanor reports were up 16 percent in 2009 over 2008, although there were 30 fewer felony incidents.
One reason for the increase in reporting is that victims are becoming more comfortable in reporting incidents of a crime that has traditionally been kept within a family, Koch added.
Koch said efforts communitywide by social service and law enforcement staff have helped educate and inform people in lifting the stigma associated with reporting domestic violence crimes.
Koch said that the tough economic times certainly are playing a role in the increase in reporting, although it is difficult to isolate a single factor.
Another possible reason for the increase is a statutory change passed by state lawmakers. Previously, law enforcement had to establish common living arrangements among people in order to classify a crime as domestic violence, Koch said. New laws have made it so that law enforcement need only establish a relationship between people, regardless of where they are living.
Fewer felonies and arrests in 2009 possibly reflect the fact that more serious offenders were arrested and jailed in 2008, reducing the number of reoffenses in 2009.
As for the primary causes of domestic violence, Koch said the domestic violence detective at the police department stated there's been no overall change. The majority of incidents in the city are linked to infidelity or substance abuse.
In order to better understand domestic homicides and to prevent them from happening, the city and the county have put together a Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team.
The team's mission is not to assign blame, but to create dialogue among members to identify possible gaps in services available to victims of domestic violence and come up with solutions on how to fill any gaps.
Since 2000, there have been 11 domestic homicides in the county, according to information from the fatality review team. In addition, two murder-suicides were reported in Flagstaff in 2009 involving couples not from the area.
Along with the fatality review team, Northern Arizona University houses a national clearinghouse of information on domestic violence-related deaths. The National Domestic Violence Fatality Review Initiative acts as a repository for information on domestic violence deaths. Local, state and regional service agencies can access the information to reduce rates of family violence.
Larry Hendricks can be reached at email@example.com or 556-2262.
Domestic violence in Flagstaff
2009 2008 2007 2006 2005
Total incidents 1,716 1,536 1,672 1,625 1,467
Misdemeanors 1,475 1,265 1,388 1,388 1,328
Felonies 241 271 284 237 139
Arrests 768 806 695 675 546
— Source: Flagstaff Police Department annual reports
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