Fmr Cop Indicted for Conspiracy, Acting as Kingpin of a National Steroid Trafficking Cartel

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Edmond, OK — There is no question that many police officers use performance-enhancing drugs. In fact, the problem of police steroid use became so bad, in 2004, the DEA intervened to warn of the “possible psychological disturbances” of roid-raging cops.

The DEA said symptoms included:

  • Mood swings (including manic-like symptoms leading to violence)
  • Impaired judgment (stemming from feelings of invincibility)
  • Depression
  • Nervousness
  • Extreme irritability
  • Delusions
  • Hostility and aggression

Eventually, a few years later, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, made up of 16,000 members worldwide set a standard that “calls upon state and local law enforcement entities to establish a model policy prohibiting the use of illegally obtained steroids” by officers.

However, this policy never happened.

Not only do cops vehemently resist being drug tested by their departments, claiming it is a violation of their civil rights, they are also frequently caught selling steroids, as the case below illustrates.

Former Edmond police officer Christopher Thomas Caplinger served the citizens of Edmond, OK for over 20 years. During this time he was likely building up his customer base as well as his steroid empire which he would grow to epic proportions.

The indictment, filed earlier this month, alleges Caplinger, 55, was “the head of this drug trafficking organization, which manufactured and distributed anabolic steroids throughout the United States.”

According to the indictment, Caplinger made so much money that he was burying it in his backyard like a scene out of a mafia movie.

Caplinger wasn’t only selling steroids but he was importing products and ran his own manufacturing enterprise. As News OK reports:

As part of the conspiracy, Caplinger rented a commercial space in Oklahoma City to manufacture and distribute the steroids, according to prosecutors. The business front was reportedly for an auto sales company, “but, in reality, had little to no involvement in the automobile trade.”

Caplinger obtained raw steroid product from foreign countries, including China, according to the indictment. The raw product would be sent from the foreign countries to individuals in the United States who then “reshipped” the product to Oklahoma City, grand jurors allege. Schott was an alleged “reshipper.”

Along with Caplinger, Donald Ray Vincent Jr., 54, of Edmond; Deborah Ann Crawford, 46, of Oklahoma City; and Michael Brandon Schott, 34, of Newport News, Virginia, are charged in Oklahoma City federal court with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute anabolic steroids.

If convicted, Caplinger faces the possibility of spending years in prison. However, if history is any indicator, all too often, police use their “exemplary” records as public servants to avoid jail all together—even when they rape society’s most vulnerable.

Unfortunately, as TFTP has reported at length, cops are frequently busted for dealing in and taking steroids.

“This is one of the dirty little secrets of American law enforcement,” says Gregory Gilbertson, a former Atlanta cop who teaches criminal justice in the Seattle area and works as a legal expert on police standards and practices, according to Alternet. “Steroid testing is declining, and I think there’s an attitude in all these agencies of ‘see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil’ because they don’t want to know about it. Because if they know about it, then they have to address it.”

While anyone should be able to ingest any substance they want, the idea of public servants—whose jobs involve physical interactions with innocent citizens—taking drugs known to induce rage, hostility, and aggression is chilling, to say the least. However, as Alternet pointed out, the cases of cops using and selling steroids are anything but isolated.

These are some of the cases that have made news in the past year, though there likely are others that have not been revealed publicly:

  • In June, a Jeffersonville, Ind., cop, Anthony Mills, resigned after pleading guilty to possession of steroids. His attorney told the media that Mills did not consider steroids to be illegal drugs.
  • This spring, authorities in Edmonton, Alberta, revealed that a handful of police officers had been involved in the use or distribution of Stanozolol, the steroid commonly sold as Winstrol. More than 30 officers in Edmonton have been implicated in steroid use in the past few years, according to press reports there.
  • In January, a Portland, Ore. cop who faced firing for a positive steroid test was allowed to resign.
  • Last fall, a scandal rocked police in the Augusta, Ga., area when a man arrested for steroids possession gave authorities a list of steroid users among local law enforcement officers. At least one deputy resigned; authorities denied that the list included as many 30 others.
  • Also last fall, the Miami New Times revealed that Miami-Dade police officers had been customers of Biogenesis, a South Florida steroid clinic at the heart of professional baseball’s ongoing doping scandal.

The dangers of cops taking steroids are obvious, as the rage associated with their use can become uncontrollable. All too often, we see police officers immediately escalate situations to violence when de-escalation would have been far easier and safer. Steroids could be the reason.

“I keep seeing all of these cases where the level of anger and violence shown by officers makes no sense,” Gilbertson says. “And when things don’t make sense, they don’t make sense for a reason…Maybe steroid rage is a reason so many police officers seem so angry and aggressive.”

Cops on the juice feel indestructible as if they have superhuman strength.

Or as the DEA puts it, “The idea of enhanced physical strength and endurance provides one with ‘the invincible mentality’ when performing law enforcement duties.”

Starting to make sense now?

“Reasonable suspicion should be raised if they shoot somebody or beat the living daylights out of somebody,” Dan Handelman, a founding member of Portland Copwatch told Alternet. “In some of these recent cases, the officers seemed to be pumped up and were not necessarily working in a calm and level-headed manner. We wonder how much of this was coming from natural adrenaline and how much coming from other substances.”

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National Geographic launches long-term campaign on plastics

There can be little doubt that Sir David Attenborough’s Blue Planet II had a transformative impact on the debate around plastics in the UK. But, while popular, I’m not sure this ‘national treasure’ has the same clout abroad.

We’re going to need other icons to step up and speak out.

Luckily, National Geographic is doing just that with the launch of its Plastic or Planet initiative. Featuring a long-term, multi-year commitment from the media group, and comprising of educational campaigns, a consumer pledge, research initiatives, as well as a corporate commitment to audit and then reduce single-use plastic dependency within the organization, it really does look like more than your average corporate responsibility initiative.

An early sign of change will be subscribers in U.S., U.K. and India will begin receiving their magazines wrapped in paper, not plastic, immediately. And all global subscribers will see the same by the end of 2019. I’m very excited to see this initiative roll out.

This isn’t Nat Geo’s first rodeo when it comes to plastics either:

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National Bugle Radio with Patrick Slattery 5.10.18

Patrick Slattery and big brained callers discuss Israel’s efforts to drag America into a war in Syria and the possible meaning of Netanyahu’s visit to Russia.

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Remembering the National Guard members killed in Georgia plane crash

After nine members of the Puerto Rico Air National Guard were killed in a plane crash near Savannah, Georgia, their grieving families say the airmen never should have been on the plane, which was on its way to Arizona to be retired.

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Connecticut To Give Its Electoral College Votes To National Popular Vote Victor

Connecticut’s legislature has passed a bill that would give the state’s Electoral College votes to the presidential candidate who wins the popular vote nationally.

The state Senate voted 21-14 on Saturday to join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, which includes 10 states and the District of Columbia. The state House passed the measure last week, 77 to 73.

The compact requires its members to cast their Electoral College ballots for the presidential candidate who wins the national popular vote. The agreement goes into effect once states representing at least 270 electoral votes — the number needed for a candidate to win the presidency — signs the compact.

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) has promised to sign the legislation committing his state to the interstate agreement. Once he does so, the compact will have 172 electoral votes. California, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington and the District of Columbia have already signed the accord.

Malloy has described the current Electoral College voting system as “fundamentally unfair.”

“With the exception of the presidency, every elected office in the country, from city council, to United States senator, to governor, is awarded the candidate who receives the most votes,” the governor said, according to the Connecticut Mirror. “The vote of every American citizen should count equally, yet under the current system, voters from sparsely populated states are awarded significantly more power than those from states like Connecticut.”

In the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump lost the popular vote by almost 3 million ballots, but won the electoral vote 304 to 227, thus clinching the presidency.

According to The Associated Press, Connecticut ― which cast its seven electoral votes for Hillary Clinton in 2016 ― will be the first state to join the National Popular Vote agreement since Trump’s victory. 

State Rep. Matthew Lesser (D) said it’s taken a decade of lobbying to convince Connecticut lawmakers to join the compact. 

Trump’s victory, Lesser told AP,  appears to have given the issue “some renewed momentum.” 

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

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Mark Collett on National Bugle Radio: Mass immigration vs. degeneracy

Patrick Slattery and Mark Collett talk about the perils of embracing degeneracy in order to oppose immigration. They also discuss electoral strategies in unwinnable races and the subtle conditioning of the population with anti-white messages.

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Several National Guard members dead after military C-130 plane crashes in Georgia

Bound for Arizona, the plane crashed on the side of a busy Savannah highway shortly after takeoff.

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National Memorial Day Concert 2018: Gary Sinise, John Corbett, Cynthia Erivo, Leona Lewis among the performers

Gary Sinise, John Corbett, Cynthia Erivo and Leona Lewis are among the artists set to perform at the 2018 National Memorial Day Concert, which takes place at the U.S. Capitol’s West Lawn in Washington, D.C., on May 27. The announcement was made by Capital Concerts, which co-produces the event with WNET, the PBS affiliate in New York. Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna are once again hosting the show, which will air on PBS at 8 p.m. ET.  This is the 29th year that the concert will be televised. The show will also be live-streamed on PBS.org, YouTube and Facebook, and then will be available on VOD from May 28 to June 10. General Colin L. Powell (Ret.) will make an appearance on stage at the concert.

The show, which will celebrate the 150th anniversary of Memorial Day, seems to have something for everyone to get into the patriotic spirit.

Sinise (who is best known for his roles in the 1994 movie “Forrest Gump” and the TV series “CSI: NY”) will also return as a show performer with his Lt. Dan Band, named after the character he played in “Forrest Gump.” Charles Esten, a co-star on CMT’s “Nashville,” will also be a performer at the concert. Corbett and “Chicago Med” co-star Brian Tee will perform a tribute to veterans of the Korean War. The friendship of Korean War veterans Joe Annello and Hiroshi “Hershey” Miyamura will be featured in the Korean War segment of the show.

Allison Janney and Mary McCormack, who were co-stars on the long-running TV series “The West Wing,” are teaming up for a tribute to women in the U.S. military. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act. Meanwhile, actor Graham Greene will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War’s Battle of Khe Sanh, with a tribute to battle survivor Bill Rider, who has dedicated his life to helping veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder. 

In addition to Erivo (the Tony-winning star of “The Color Purple” revival), other notables from musical theater who will be taking the stage for this year’s National Memorial Day concert are Megan Hilty (“Wicked,” NBC’s “Smash”) and Alfie Boe (“Les Misérables”).

The National Symphony Orchestra will once again perform under the direction of conductor Jack Everly. Fans of orchestral and choir music can also look forward to performances from the U.S Joint Chiefs of Staff with the U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, the U.S. Army Chorus and Army Voices, the Soldiers Chorus of the U.S. Army Field Band, the U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters, the U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants, the Armed Forces Color Guard and Service Color Teams provided by the Military District of Washington, D.C.  

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