Deputy Kenneth Collins, who was arrested earlier this year, pled guilty Monday to a charge of drug trafficking after being caught by the FBI offering to use his LASD badge to escort narcotics across state lines. The Los Angeles Times has the story.
He is scheduled to be sentenced in November.
Ironically, Collins met one of his co-conspirators, Grant Valencia, while Collins was an instructor in the “Emerging Leaders Academy”–a program to help criminals turn their lives around. Valencia was his student.
“Law enforcement officers are sworn to uphold the law, which is why we hold them to a higher standard of conduct… Deputy Collins didn’t just break the law, he trampled his oath by agreeing to sell his badge to assist drug traffickers,” U.S. attorney Nick Hanna said in a statement.
Collins grew up in South Central Los Angeles, served in the U.S. military, then joined the Sheriff’s Department and was assigned to Lennox Station, though LNX deputies told LASD.News they could hardly remember him and shake their heads at his actions. Collins was most recently assigned to Countywide Services Bureau, before he left the department shortly after his January arrest.