September 24,2008RE:    Public Records Request, TPD Special Investigation 08-011Internal Investigation 08-21Dear SirMadam:...
September 25,2008RE:    Public Records Request, TPD Special Investigation 08-011Internal Investigation 08-21Dear SirMadam:...
TALLAHASSEE POLICE   DEPARTMENT   Internal Affairs Internal Investigation         08-21
TALLAHASSEE POLICE DEPARTMENT                                    INTERNAL AFFAIRS UNll ContentsAllegation Overview:..........
AHASSEE POLICE DEPARTME                                     INTERNAL AFFAIRS UNI     Officer Chris Pate: ....................
TALLAHASSEE POLICE DEPARTMEB                               INTERNAL AFFAIRS UNI          Complaint Number:          Compla...
TALLAHASSEE POLICE DEPARTME                                  INTERNAL AFFAIRS UNI-              24)   Sergeant David Odom,...
TALLAHASSEE POLICE DEPARTME                         INTERNAL AFFAIRS UNITMeridian Road but did not go to Forest Meadows. W...
TALLAHASSEE POLICE DEPARTME                                                          -                              INTERN...
TALLAHASSEE POLICE DEPARTME,.                  I                              INTERNAL AFFAIRS U N T    This report Is a s...
TALLAHASSEE POLICE DEPARTME                                INTERNAL AFFAIRS UNI-      lnvestigator Watson said he witnesse...
TALLAHASSEE POLICE DEPARTME                                INTERNAL AFFAIRS UNIT    help her work off the charges. I will ...
TALLAHASSEE POLICE DEPARTMENT                            INTERNAL AFFAIRS UNIT     The interview was concluded at 10:57 AM...
ENT                        TALLAHASSEE POLICE DEPARTMI                                  INTERNAL AFFAIRS UNIT       lnvest...
TALLAHASSEE POLICE DEPARTME                               INTERNAL AFFAIRS UNIT    25:17-22). lnvestigator Miller did not ...
TALLAHASSEE POLICE DEPARTMEINT                                  INTERNAL AFFAIRS UNIT                    lnvestigator Corb...
TALLAHASSEE POLICE DEPARTMENT                              INTERNAL AFFAIRS UNIT    Prior to our interview, lnvestigator C...
TALLAHASSEE POLICE DEPARTMENT                             INTERNAL AFFAIRS UNIT    lnvestigator Corbitt stated he maintain...
TALLAHASSEE POLICE DEPARTMENT                               INTERNAL AFFAIRS UNIT    According to lnvestigator Corbitts in...
TALLAHASSEE POLICE DEPARTMENT                                 INTERNAL AFFAIRS UNIT     diversion programs such as the Dru...
TALLAHASSEE POLICE DEPARTME                          INTERNAL AFFAIRS UNITthe location of the operation. Officer Tucker st...
TALLAHASSEE POLICE DEPARTMENT                                   INTERNAL AFFAIRS U N P        Officer Tucker was asked if ...
TNTERNAL AFFAIRS U N I I    When lnvestigator Pender radioed to units that CI Rachel Hoffman was on    Gardner Road, Offic...
TALLAHASSEE POLICE DEPARTMENT                           INTERNAL AFFAIRS UNITpolice department, and deals are starting to ...
TALLAHASSEE POLICE DEPARTME-- .                                   INTERNAL AFFAIRS UNIT         lnvestigator Boccio was as...
TALLAHASSEE POLICE DEPARTMt N I                                  INTERNAL AFFAIRS UNIT        the radio she pulled into th...
TALLAHASSEE POLICE DEPARTME                                INTERNAL AFFAIRS UNIT     gathered information on the investiga...
TALLAHASSEE POLICE,DEPARTMENT                          INTERNAL AFFAIRS UNIT    at the house,-           went to          ...
,                         TALLAHASSEE POLICE DEPARTME                                   INTERNAL AFFAIRS UNIT        staff...
TALLAHASSEE POLICE DEPARTME                               INTERNAL AFFAIRS UNI     lnvestigator Porter was asked if he tho...
TALLAHASSEE POLICE DEPARTMENT                           INTERNAL AFFAIRS UNIT being the main place. That was kind of, from...
TALLAHASSEE POLICE DEPARTMENT                              INTERNAL AFFAIRS UNIT    Representative. lnvestigator Danielle ...
TALLAHASSEE POLICE DEPARTMENT                     INTERNAL AFFAIRS UNIT otherwise ordered by the Court. The Defendant will...
TALLAHASSEE POLICE DEPARTME                              INTERNAL AFFAIRS U N I T    12. The Defendant will make himselflh...
TALLAHASSEE POLICE DEPARTMEN I                               INTERNAL AFFAIRS UNIT    being in attendance. lnvestigator Ha...
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD
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Rachel Hoffman | Internal Affairs Investigation For Drug Informant Death With Botched Sting By TPD

  1. 1. September 24,2008RE: Public Records Request, TPD Special Investigation 08-011Internal Investigation 08-21Dear SirMadam:Please find enclosed the records as you requested from the Tallahassee Police Department. As required :Iby Florida or Federal law, certain portions are exempt from public record and must be redacted. Shouldyou have any questions or feel that this has not answered your request in any way, feel free to contact thisoffice at (850) 89 1-4234.Florida Statute Exemptiono 119.071(2)(d) Surveillance Equipment, Procedures, or Personnelo 119.071(2)(f) Confidential Informants or Sourceso Pursuant to Courts Order dated September 24,2008 in State of Florida v. Andrea Green and Deneillo Bradshaw. Leon County Circuit Court Case No.: 2008CF1681 and 2008CF1682. Assistant City Attorney Police Legal Advisor
  2. 2. September 25,2008RE: Public Records Request, TPD Special Investigation 08-011Internal Investigation 08-21Dear SirMadam:Please find enclosed the records as you requested from the Tallahassee Police Department. As requiredby Florida or Federal law, certain portions are exempt from public record and must be redacted. Shouldyou have any questions or feel that this has not answered your request in any way, feel free to contact thisoffice at (850) 891-4234.Florida Statute Exemptiona 119.071(2)(d) Surveillance Equipment, Procedures, or Personnel 119.071(2)(f) Confidential Informants or Sourceso Pursuant to Courts Order dated September 23,2008 in State of Florida v. Andrea Green and Deneillo Bradshaw. Leon County Circuit Court Case No.: 2008CF1681 and 2008CF1682. Assistant City Attorney Police Legal Advisor
  3. 3. TALLAHASSEE POLICE DEPARTMENT Internal Affairs Internal Investigation 08-21
  4. 4. TALLAHASSEE POLICE DEPARTMENT INTERNAL AFFAIRS UNll ContentsAllegation Overview:.......,..................... .................................... .....4Witness Officer Interviews: ................... .............,.....,..............., .....7 Investigator Gary Watson: ................ .......-............................ .....7 Investigator Kevin Miller: ................... .. ..........., ,.. I 0 Investigator Chris Corbitt: ................. .. ............ 12 .. 5.. Officer Greg Tucker: ............................................................. ................. i 16 Investigator Vincent Boccio: ............. ............ ,..20 Investigator David Donato: ............... ............ .. 23 Investigator Shane Porter: .............................................................................. 25 Investigator Gavin Larrernore: .......... ............ . . 27 Investigator Corey Hale: ................... ............ . . 28 . Investigator Rey Finales: .................................... ..............................33 Officer William (Bill) Hurlbut: ............. ............ .. 36 Investigator Jason Laursen:.............. ............ .. 41 Investigator Michael Suleski: .......................... .................................. 45 Deputy Chief John Proctor: .......................... ............................... .. 48Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent Interviews: ..... .. 57 Special Agent Lou Andris: ............................................................................. 57 Special Agent David Wilson:., ............ .. 61 Special Agent Jim Harley:....., ............ .. 62 Special Agent Robert L. R ~ b t , .................................................................... ,,~ 63Civilian Witness Interviews: ....... , ...,.. ...., . ............ .. 65 Elizabeth Rose Patty: ............ , ..........., ............ .. 65 Taylor Sexton: ...................................Subject Officer Interviews:......... Officer Chris Pate: ................. lnvestigator Ryan Pender: ..... Sergeant Roderick Looney: ............... Sergeant David Odom ....................... Lieutenant Taltha White: .................... Captain Chris Connell: ...........Administrative Observations: .....Findings:.................................... Vice SOP 2 Section: Ill, B, 10 ............ Sergeant David Odom: ................... Vice SOP 2 Section: Ill, C, 6 .............. lnvestigator Ryan Pender:.............. Vice SOP 6 Section: Ill, D.................. lnvestigator Ryan Pender:.............. Sergeant David Odorn: .................... Vice SOP 7 Section: I, C ...................., 1.1. # 08-21 Page 1 of 199
  5. 5. AHASSEE POLICE DEPARTME INTERNAL AFFAIRS UNI Officer Chris Pate: ................................................................................. 178 Investigator Ryan Pender: ............ .....................................178 Vice SOP 10 Section: I .................... .....................................178 Investigator Ryan Pender:......................................................................... 179 Sergeant Rod Looney: ................. .........................179 Lieutenant Taltha White: .............. .........................179 Captain Chris Connell: .............................................................................. 179 Vice SOP 10 Section: II, B, 6 ........... ..................................... 179 l nvestigator Ryan Pender: ............ .....................................179 Vice SOP 10 Section: III, A ......................................................................... 180 Investigator Ryan Pender:............ .................................. 180 . Sergeant Rod Looney: ................. ................................... 181 . . Lieutenant Taltha White: .............................. ........................................181 Captain Chris Connell: ........................................................................... 181 Vice SOP 10 Section: Ill, C, 1....................................................................... 182 Investigator Ryan Pender: ............. .....................................182 Sergeant Rod Looney: .................. .................................. 182 Captain Chris Connell: .................. ................................... 182 Vice SOP 16 Section: II, B, c ............ .....................................183 Vice SOP 16 Section: II. E................ .....................................183 Vice SOP 16 Section: II, F, I ............. ..................................... 183 Investigator Ryan Pender:............. .....................................183 Sergeant Rod Looney: .................. ................................... 184 Lieutenant Taltha White: ............... ....................................185 Captain Chris Connell: .............................. .................................... 185 Vice SOP 16 Section: 11, GI 6 ....................... .................................... 185 Investigator Ryan Pender: ......................... ....................................185 General Order 62 Section: VI, C ................... ....................................186 General Order 46 Section: II, I, I .................. ....................................186 Investigator Ryan Pender: ......................... . .. .................................... 186 - Sergeant Rod Looney: .................. .................................... 187 Lieutenant Taltha White: ............... .................................... 188 Captain Chris Connell: ..............................................................................189 General Order 14 Section: Ill, D. 5 ............... ....................................190 Investigator Ryan Pender: ......................... ....................................190 . .Conclusion: .............................. ................................................................. 191 1.1. # 08-21 Page 2 of 199
  6. 6. TALLAHASSEE POLICE DEPARTMEB INTERNAL AFFAIRS UNI Complaint Number: Complaint Against: ,,,,am ~ n r i Cormell s Lieutenant Taltha White Sergeant Rod Looney Sergeant David Odom lnvestigator Ryan Pender Officer Chris Pate Classification: Improper Procedure1Use and Control of Informants Improper Conduct1Neglect of Duty Complainant: Chief Denni: ; M. Jon Date Initiated: July 10,2008 lnvestigator Assigned: lnvestigator George Creamer, Jr. lnvestigator Danielle DavisI Evidence: Recorded sworn Interviews with the following: 1) lnvestigator Gary Watson, dtd; August 8, 2008 2) lnvestigator Kevin Miller, dtd; August 8, 2008 3) lnvestigator Chris Corbitt, dtd; August 8, 2008 4) lnvestigator Michael Suleski, dtd; August 11, 2008 5) lnvestigator Vincent Boccio, dtd; August 11,2008 6) Officer Greg Tucker, dtd; August 11,2008 7) lnvestigator Corey Hale, dtd; August 12, 2008 8) lnvestigator David Donato, dtd; August 12, 2008 9) lnvestigator Shane Porter, dtd; August 12,2008 10) lnvestigator Gavin Larremore, dtd; August 12,2008 11) lnvestigator Jason Laursen, dtd; August 13,2008 12) Officer Bill Hurlbut, dtd; August 13,2008 13) lnvestigator Rey Finales, dtd; August 13, 2008 14) Special Agent Jim Harley, dtd; August 14,2008 15) Special Agent Lou Andris, dtd; August 14,2008 16) Special Agent David Wilson, dtd; August 14,2008 17) Special Agent Robert Robbins, dtd; August 14, 200t 18) Officer Chris Pate, dtd; August 22, 2008 19) lnvestigator Ryan Pender, dtd; August 25,2008 20) Sergeant David Odom, dtd; August 26,2008 21) Sergeant Rod Looney, dtd; August 26,2008 22) Lieutenant Taltha White, dtd; August 28, 2008 23) Captain Chris Connell, dtd; August 29,2008 1.1. # 08-21 Page 3 of 199
  7. 7. TALLAHASSEE POLICE DEPARTME INTERNAL AFFAIRS UNI- 24) Sergeant David Odom, dtd; September 3, 25) Lieutenant Tatha White, dtd; September 3,2008 26) Sergeant Rod Looney, dtd; September 3,2008 27) lnvestigator Ryan Pender, dtd; September 3, 2001 28) Captain Chris Connell, dtd; September 4,2008 Exhibits: Please see attached invl ts. Allegation Overview: On May 7, 2008, the Vice and Narcotics Unit in conjunction with members of the - Career Criminal Unit and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) conducted a BuyIBust Operation at 4750 North Meridian Road, Forest Meadows Park. Confidential Informant (CI) Rachel Hoffman was to complete the purchase from sse( d upc)tn a- an unknown suspect that went by the name v. The original Operational Plan detailed a urchase of narcotics from Mr. residence at Ms. Hoffman was to enter theI residence and purchase Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) and cocaine. Once she exited the residence, a prepared anticipatory search warrant would be served on the residence. A second scenario was detailed in the Operations Plan. This involved a buylbust in the parking lot of Walmart, 5500 Thomasville Road. The plan called for the suspect@) to enter Ms. Hoffmans vehicle with the intent to sell Ms. Hoffman MDMA. When the suspect(s) entered the vehicle, arrest teams would move in to detain all occupants. The operations plan listed two suspects as bein involved in the buylbust, p- 4 check was done -o and someone only known as .%. A complete background w a s not identified prior to the operation. Once units were enroute to their assigned locations, suspect spoke with Ms. Hoffman and changed the location to Forest Meadows Park, 4750 North Meridian Road. Officers were notified of the change and moved their location to the Forest Meadows Park area. Ms. Hoffman left the Tallahassee Police Department and headed to Forest Meadows in her personal vehicle following lnvestigator Pender and Officer Pate in another vehicle and Special Agent Louis Andris, United States Drug Enforcement Administration, in his vehicle. Ms. Hoffman pulled into the wrong location, the Meridian Park Baseball Fields1 south of Forest Meadows. Investigator Pender redirected her north on North Meridian Road to Forest Meadows. Ms. Hoffman pulled back onto North 1.1. # 08-21 Page 4 of 199
  8. 8. TALLAHASSEE POLICE DEPARTME INTERNAL AFFAIRS UNITMeridian Road but did not go to Forest Meadows. When lnvestigator Penderwas able to get her back on the phone, Ms. Hoffman told him she was following on Gardner Road. This was their last contact with Ms. Hoffman.Investigators Note: The following is a time table of this operation based onsurveillance wire transmission, radio communications and phone callsbetween lnvestigator Ryan Pender, CI Rachel Hoffman, and suspect0 S Andris reports Ms. Hoffman, Investigator Pender, Officer Pate, A and himself are leaving Tallahassee Police Department. Pender calls Hoffman (2 min. 58 sec. Conversation) Investigator Pender tells units that - phoned Ms. Hoffman to tell her he was at Forest Meadows. They had just passed Tharpe Street on North Meridian. Text messages between Hoffman and Ben Reeves Hoffman: just got wired up wish me luck Im on my way." I Reeves: "Good luck babe! Call me and let me know whats up" Hoffman: "its about to go down" Test messages between Hoffman and Liza Patty Hoffman: "Park off meridian now" Patty: "And old Bainbridge?" Hoffman: "Its far ill call u after" Pender calls Hoffman (1 min. 55 sec. onv versa ti on) * Investigator Pender tells SA Andris to "keep your eyes on her (Ms. Hoffman)" while he moves back to turn the listening device on. Investigator Pender advised units that they are passing Timberlane Road on North Meridian Road and Ms. Hoffman is calling 06:38PM Hoffm calls- From "Yeah, this 1s I e he residential side, yeah it was like on the east side of the residential neighborhood, but um, right, so the, were ... alright... so after I go, sorry, Im gonna go down this hill after Maclay and then I turn left on the Ox Bottom?6:39PM Investigator Pender advises he is overhearing Ms. Hoffmans side of the conversation and that is attempting to send her to Ox Bottom Road.6:40PM Investigator Pender advises they are approaching Maclay School. According to his report, Investigator Pender pulls into Maclay Pendw School to park and monitor Ms. Hoffmans wire.6:41PM Ils Hoffman 1 min. 37 sec. Conversati From "Hey ... hes telling me to go to his dads nursery, or some shit, Im not even sure, Im going through Maclay right now if you see me, 1.1. # 08-21 Page 5 of 199
  9. 9. TALLAHASSEE POLICE DEPARTME - INTERNAL AFFAIRS UNIT Im actually going down this... Unhuh... alright, perfect, he told me to get in his car... yeah Iknow Im not getting in there... aright so, Im gonna go down this, on my left? Right here turn left? Alright I dont see the other car out there, 1/11pull in here." 6:41PM S Andris advises units that Ms. Hoffman pulled into baseball fields. A 6:42PM Investigator Pender advises units that is attempting to direct Ms. Hoffman to the nursery. 6:43PM 0 - &.Co ion) You there? Alright .... Ball park... alright, Ill call you right back... person. Investigator Pender advises units that he is directing Ms. Hoffman to pull into Forest Meadows Park. She is to tellht ta is where she is. Hoffman speaks to , min, 45 sec. Conversation) (2 From Kel transcription: "Hey, alright Im pulling into the park with the tennis courts right now, cause I have no idea where Iam... unintell... alright... Im in my Volvo" (loses signal) Pender attempts to call Hoffman (no answer) Investigator Pender asks units at Forest Meadows Park if they see her. They do not. Investigator Pender advises he has lost Ms. Hoffman on the wire and can not get her on the phone. Pender attempts to call Hoffman (no answer) S Andris advises the suspect BMW is parked at the nursery A occupied by two black males, parked with nose out by the road. Investigator Pender advises units that he cannot get Ms. Hoffman by phone or wire and that they need to keep eyes on the suspect vehicle a t the nursery. - Pender attempts to call Hoffman (no answer) S Andris advises he is turning around to get back to the nursery. A 6:47PM Sgt. Looney advises to get back with the suspect vehicle to ensure Ms. Hoffman does not pull in and make the deal outside their presence. Pender speaks to Hoffman on her phone (42 sec. Conversation) Investigator Pender advises units that Ms. Hoffman in on Gardner Road following He advises units to go to Gardner Road and move in immediately. Investigator Finales and Investigator Porter advise the arrest teams are on Gardner Road.,) Investigative Note: 1.1. # 08-21 Page 6 of 199
  10. 10. TALLAHASSEE POLICE DEPARTME,. I INTERNAL AFFAIRS U N T This report Is a summary of the statements given by those individuals Interviewed. For the sake of brevity, only a synopsis o f the relevant information, and not a word-for-word recital, i s contained herein. Unless otherwise indicated, all interviews with witnesses and subject officers were recorded .and transcribed in real time. At the conclusion of the investigation, said tapes and transcriptions will be available for review by interested parties. Witness Officer Interviews: lnvestigator Gary Watson: On Wednesday, August 8, 2008, at 10:07 AM, lnvestigator Danielle Davis conducted a taped interview with lnvestigator Gary Watson in the Legal Conference Room o f the Tallahassee Police Department. Also present i n the room was Internal Affairs lnvestigator George Creamer Jr., Police Benevolent Association (PBA) Representative Sergeant Sam Gereg and Court Reporter Mrs. Sandra Nargiz. The MemberNVitness Administrative Rights and OathlPerjury Warning forms were read, affirmed, and signed by lnvestigator Watson. All parties present witnessed the forms.I lnvestigator Watson has been employed by the Tallahassee Police Department for over thirteen years. He has been assigned to the Vice and Narcotics Unit for approximately ten months. He has had the opportunity to attend the Basic Narcotics Investigation School and internal training classes on blocking maneuvers, high-risk incidents and conducting surveillance. When he joined the unit he "shadowed" lnvestigator Ryan Pender for on-the-job training. lnvestigator Watson advised he was present at Ms. Rachel Hoffmans residence, located at 2626 East Park Avenue, number 16303, on April 17, 2008, during the issuance of the search warrant. lnvestigator Watson recalled illegal drugs being present in the apartment and probable cause existing for Ms. Rachel Hoffmans arrest. According to lnvestigator Watson, Ms. Hoffman was not criminally charged because she was provided the opportunity to work for the Tallahassee Police Department as a confidential informant (CI). On April 18, 2008, Ms Rachel Hoffman came to the Tallahassee Police Department to complete her confidential informant paperwork (packet). Present during the interview was lnvestigator Ryan Pender (the case agent) and lnvestigator Gary Watson. lnvestigator Watson stated that Ms. Hoffman was read her Miranda Rights and afforded the opportunity to call her attorney. According to lnvestigator Watson, Ms. Hoffman did not call her attorney because she did not like him. He stated, "She was afforded that opportunity but her comment was she did not like her attorney because she thought he was kind of geekish, kind of weird, she didnt like him." (Page 14:6-9) 1.1. # 08-21 Page 7 of 199
  11. 11. TALLAHASSEE POLICE DEPARTME INTERNAL AFFAIRS UNI- lnvestigator Watson said he witnessed lnvestigator Pender go through the CI packet with Ms. Hoffman. The CI packet explains what a Cls rights and responsibilities are and the expectations of the investigator (Page 15:ll-13). lnvestigator Watson advised Ms. Hoffman appeared to understand what her duties were and he witnessed her sign the documents acknowledging her duties. He also advised she was warned not to speak with others about the work she was doing with the Tallahassee Police Department (Page 19:22-25). When asked what instructions were given to Ms. Hoffman, lnvestigator Watson answered, You are given the standard instructions. Do not make contact with these people without us being present, being recorded; dont tell people about what you are doing, secrecy and confidentialitv of what you are doing, things like that," (Page 25:9-16). According to lnvestigator Watson, Ms. Hoffrn;ll~ ur~uerstood game of drugs. the "...But once she started talking about the deal that she was going to make, it was clear to me that she understood the game of drugs and as we express it, say the game. She was very well versed in the language and how to work the deal..." stated lnvestigator Watson, (Page 17:9-13). "She was very fluid in using street language in terms of describing the drugs, quantities, dollar amounts, things like that," recalled lnvestigator Watson (Page 24:19-21). He continued, "The only - II can express it this way. Me being from a very rough neighborhood growing up and her jargon would have been very consistent with someone from a very rough neighborhood who knew the drug game," (Page 24:24 - Page25:2). When asked if Ms. Hoffman volunteered to purchase MDMA, lnvestigator Watson advised, "She would have had to," (Page 17:25 - Page 18:2). He also advised she would have been the one to bring up the firearm. "I believe she brought that up because we had no reason to believe that there was anything about a firearm anywhere," (Page 18:3-6). lnvestigator Watson did not recall a discussion about Drug Court during the meeting. He stated, "I dont remember Drug Court coming up in that because normally its a probation and I dont remember anything from Drug Court coming up," (Page 20:14-18). lnvestigator Watson said he did not know what transpired in between the time Ms. Hoffman left the police station on April 18, 2008 and her coming back with her supplier . . on April 21, 2008. He stated, "I dont know what happened, wwe-t en e her leaving and showing up w i t h w i t h her and the case agent. But I do know that she informed us on that time that her neighbors who were out there that day saw what was happening and the reason .d )di not do the deal was because someone had already t o l d that weI busted her and that she was working for us. ~ n ~ u ~ ~ o s e d her~ confronted l with that. And one of the things w a a m e in and said, hey, you know, I will 1.1. # 08-21 Page 8 of 199
  12. 12. TALLAHASSEE POLICE DEPARTME INTERNAL AFFAIRS UNIT help her work off the charges. I will give you information to help work off these charges for her," (Page 25:24 - Page 26:9). present at the meeting on April 21, 2008, with Ms. Hoffman, and Investigator Pender. He stated, "Yeah, I was about~would work off the charges and they were and Hoffman, for what she was going to do for &. trying to work out whatever the situation between the o of them, in terms of the - And I was like - we like, hey, thats not what we here for," (Page 26:16). lnvestigator Watson a a reed the conversation was stopped aboutwhat she was going t o do for- lnvestigator Watson advised lnvestigator Pender spent a lot of time preparing for the May 7, 2008 operation. He stated, "...Investigator Pender was doing so - much on that case, he was creating OP plans (operational plans) and having to recreate OP plans. I mean he had so much information in the OP plan, I dont remember what the original date was-"(Page 28:l-4). lnvestigator Watson advis He was assigned to theI When asked which supervisors attended the operational briefing, he recalled Sergeant Looney, Lieutenant White and Captain Connell being present. He did not recall anyone (supervisors or investigators) present objecting to anything being discussed at the briefing. He also did not recall anything about Forest Meadows Park being discussed at the briefing or written in the operational plan. According to lnvestigator Watson, the initial plan was to conduct the operation at the house. He stated, "That was the residence. As I said earlier, there is always - a contingency for things. And this is not - this type work is not something that always happens where you think its going to happen," (Page 34:19-23). lnvestigator Watson advised the case agent decides on where the location is going to be. When asked if lnvestigator Pender was allowing the suspects in this investigation to set the buy location, lnvestigator Watson answered, "Negative. He was not," (Page 351-3). He did not know how the operation moved to Forest Meadows because he .was at the - - conducting surveillance. He learned the 1 operation had m6md to Forest Meadows after speaking with lnvestigator Hale. He stated, "lnvestigator Hale and I talked on the phone and 1 knew he was going to Forest Meadows. lnvestigator Pender informed me that I needed to head- - that it was going to take place at Forest Meadows," (Page 38:22-25). lnvestigator Watson said he knew one suspects identity. He did not know the J,. other suspect. - 1.1. # 08-21 Page 9 of 199
  13. 13. TALLAHASSEE POLICE DEPARTMENT INTERNAL AFFAIRS UNIT The interview was concluded at 10:57 AM. lnvestigator Kevin Miller: On Friday, August 8, 2008 at 12:57 PM, lnvestigator Danielle Davis conducted a taped interview wfih lnvestigator Kevin Miller in the Legal Conference Room of the Tallahassee Police Department. Also present i n ;the room was Internal Affairs lnvestigator George Creamer Jr., PBA Representative Sergeant Sam Gereg and Court Reporter Mrs. Sandra Nargiz. The Memberwitness Administrative Rights and OathIPerjury Warning forms were read, affirmed, and signed by lnvestigator Miller. All parties present witnessed the forms. lnvestigator Miller has been employed by the Tallahassee Police Department for over eight years. He has been assigned to the Vice and Narcotics Unit for approximately three years. For formalized training lnvestigator Miller has attended schools on; Basic Narcotics investigations, Advanced Undercover Narcotics Investigations, Methylenedioxymethamphetamien (Meth) lab training / certification, and Interviews and Interrogations. For on-the-job training he shadowed former Vice investigator Sergeant Sam Gereg.I lnvestigator Miller advised background checks are completed on a confidential informant before a CI packet is given to a supervisor to sign off on. Additionally, the packet must be signed prior to the CI being worked. According to lnvestigator Miller probation and parole status is always asked of the potential CI and if they are working with any other agencies. lnvestigator Miller did not participate in the search warrant served at Ms. Hoffmans residence. He was unaware Ms. Hoffman was participating in the Drug Court also unaware she came to the police station with her supplie after completing her CI packet. He answered, "I - Page 16:4). lnvestigator Miller advised he got involved in the investigation involving Ms. Hoffman at the request of lnvestigator Pender. He said he sat in on control phone calls she was making to suspect "m however, could not recall the He, exact date of the phone calls. lnvestigator Miller said he knew a couple of days prior to May 7, 2008, the operation was going to occur. He said Ms. Hoffman ma (on May 5, 2008) to contact W by telephone at the but the attempts were unsuccessful. He stated, "So, it wasi at that point I believe she met w i t h u - 1 " (Page 17:16-20). 1.1. # 08-21 Page 10 of 199
  14. 14. ENT TALLAHASSEE POLICE DEPARTMI INTERNAL AFFAIRS UNIT lnvestigator Miller later agreed the person Ms. Hoffman spoke with during the "meet and greet" ws a- He recalled the "meet and greet" lasting for approximately 20 minutes. He could not remember the exact details of the conversation but advised it was recorded. From what he did recall, Ms. Hoffman seemed comfortable speaking with da n in control of what she was saying. "From what I remember, he basically assured that he could get the drugs that she was wanting. I dont remember the finite details of it, but it sounded good. We left it thinking yes, that he was going to be able to get us those particular drugs," said lnvestigator Miller (Page 18-20-24). According to lnvestigator Miller the suspect "m was not identified between the time frame of April 22,2008, and before the May 7, 2008 operation occurred at 6 PM. In reference to background work, lnvestigator Miller advised he assisted May 7Ih. He went - d to and to the where he took photographs. He did not do any otherI When asked who determines buy-busr ~ocarions,Investigator Miller responded, "Its a very difficult question to answer. We do our best to make sure that the location is purely by our choice. We - - ideally, we would like it to be in one particular location; however, the nature of narcotics and the untrusting nature of suspects sometimes will make it so that location will have to change. If the location changes, there is an assessment, generally by our supervisors, to make sure that the location would be conducive.to the way we would perform our operation. If its not conducive we would not do it," (Page 13:15 - Page 14:3). According to lnvestigator Miller, the supervisor gives the final okay to move the location of the buy-bust. lnvestigator Miller advised he was a part of the primary arrest team for the May 7Ihoperation. From what he recalled from the operational plan, Forest Meadows Park was not mentioned. He recalled the Wal-Mart (5500 Thornasville Road) a n d f b a s the buy locations listed in the plan. When asked if he was present for the operational briefing on May 7h,lnvestigator for part of the briefing because he was taskedwith He recalled supervisors Sergeant Looney, Lieutenant present at the briefit-@. He did not recall anyone at the briefing objecting-to anything discussed.- when agKed what assignment DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) Agent Lou Andris was given he advised, "I dont remember what it said specifically on paper without reviewing it. I know that he was with lnvestigator Pender and Rachel Hoffman," (Page 1.1. # 08-21 Page 11 of 19
  15. 15. TALLAHASSEE POLICE DEPARTME INTERNAL AFFAIRS UNIT 25:17-22). lnvestigator Miller did not recall Forest Meadows Park being discussed at the briefing. According to lnvestigator Miller after the briefing was over, no one knew exactly where the buy-bust was to occur. He stated, "We - had the general location. We wanted it on Thomasville, the Wal-Mart. However, I think we were going to have a better idea once - an actual finalized location once more phone calls were made, which is actually very common," (Page 26:6-12). After the briefing he and the rest of Arrest Team # I (Sergeant Looney, lnvestigator Suleski and lnvestigator Boccio) went to the parking lot, "geared up" and stood by for the final confirmation on where the deal was to occur (Page 27: 21-24). When asked if lnvestigator Pender allowed the suspects to pick the buy location, lnvestigator Miller answered, "I dont know. You have to ask him, lnvestigator Pender that," (Page 28:lO-13). When asked what occurred when he reached Forest Meadows Park, lnvestigator Miller advised his team drove into the park via the main entrance and "pulled just to the right of the entrance." We were informed by units that were already in it that a possible suspect vehicle matching the description of the suspect vehicle was already there so we set up in a position to where we could try to see it. We couldnt see if from where we were at," said lnvestigator Miller (Page 29:3-7). lnvestigator Miller advised no one ran the license plate of the vehicle to try and identify whom the car belonged to. lnvestigator Miller recalled what occurred when Ms. Hoffman reached the park area from the radio transmissions that were occurring at the time. He stated, "...I believe Rachel Hoffman pulled into the first entrance off Meridian to the park, which is south of the main entrance in the parking lot where we wanted her to go. And somehow in there, I dont know, 1 didnt see any of it, she had pulled back out and was supposed to come to our location - - or go to our location and return, which she never did," (Page 29:16-23). lnvestigator Miller said he never saw Ms. Hoffrnan eriter Forest Meadows Park. The interview was concluded at I PM. :30 lnvestigator Chris Corbitt: On August 8, 2008, lnvestigator George Creamer, Jr. conducted a taped interview in the Legal Conference Room with Investigator Chris Corbitt after being advised o f his OathlPerjury Warning and Police Officer Statement of Rights. Sergeant Sam Gereg was also present as lnvestigator Corbitts P.B.A Representative. lnvestigator Danielle Davis and Court Report Sandi Nargiz were also present.I 1.1. # 08-21 Page 12 of 199
  16. 16. TALLAHASSEE POLICE DEPARTMEINT INTERNAL AFFAIRS UNIT lnvestigator Corbitt has been employed as a police officer with the Tallahassee Police Department for approximately 12 years and is currently assigned to the Technical Operations Unit. He has been assigned to t years. lnvestigator Corbitt has received training in advanced surveillance techniques, and has twice attended the National Technical Investigators Associations (NTIA) training seminar. According to lnvestigator Corbitt, all Special Investigations Unit (Vice) investigators receive basic training and are authorized to use the technical surveillance equipment. He referred to some as "superusers". . Those listed as "superusers" currently are Investigators Ryan Pender, Kevin Miller, Corey Hale, Gary Watson, and Scott Heath. lnvestigator Corbitt was asked what extra training was provided to "superusers". lnvestigator Corbitt stated, "Just additional hours of product-specific training. There was some vendor training materials that were provided for them. They are shown advanced installation techniques or - and have assisted in setting those operations up when I am not available." (pages 10:22 - 11:) I Later in the interview lnvestigator Corbitt was asked to further explain what training is necessary to be a "superuser" in regards to surveillance equipment. 1 He stated, "There is not a designated standard that someone satisfies to become a superuser. It is based on a selection by the sergeant for who will participate, the desire of that person to participate, and then the additional training that is provided." (page 352-6) lnvestigator Corbitt was not involved in the planning or execution of the operation dated May 7, 2008, involving Confidential Informant (CI) Rachel Hoffman. lnvestigator Corbitt had been requested to assist the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) in Panama City, FL, reference a violent crime where tracking equipment was required. Hf however, aware of the equipment used for that operation. Investigators Note: lnvestigator Corbitt sent by email the following modelI numbers for the_above listed equipment: 1.1. # 08-21 Page 13 of 199
  17. 17. TALLAHASSEE POLICE DEPARTMENT INTERNAL AFFAIRS UNIT Prior to our interview, lnvestigator Corbitt and his PBA representative, Sergeant Sam Gereg, were taken to the area of the May 7, 2008 operation. They were shown key locations in the operation to include Forest Meadows, the Meridian Sports Complex, and Maclay School. This was in preparation for asking lnvestigator Corbitt questions as to how he would have arranged equipment for the operation. ccording to lnvestigator Corbitt, it would have been uncommon to use for an operation such as this one (page 18:19). lnvestigator Corbitt was "So not knowing the particulars of the operation, then its impossible for me to say hypothetically what I would have used. I can tell you half of the equation as far as the equipment itself, but the needs and demands of the operation, its hard1 for me to make recommendations without knowing those particulars." (pages 17:25 - 18:12) lnvestiaator Corbitt was asked to describe where he would have laced the Y n this operation. He stated, "Again, the particuiars of the 1.1. # 08-21 Page 14 of 199
  18. 18. TALLAHASSEE POLICE DEPARTMENT INTERNAL AFFAIRS UNIT lnvestigator Corbitt stated he maintains the repair logs on the equipment used. According to lnvestigator Corbitt, all the equipment used during the May 7, 2008 operation was in good repair with no noted issues. lnvestigator Corbitt was asked where he would have setup the monitoring vehicle to monitor an operation occurring at Forest Meadows. He stated. "Again. its Investigators Note: The parameters lnvestigator Corbitt listed were not known to officers involved in the operation on May 7,2008. As ~reviouslv noted. lnvestiaator Corbitt was ~rovided tour of the area around a "So in that situation, I would begin as far away as I felt comfortable for the operation. And if I was not able to receive, then I may move closer until 1 am able to receive. And that may be a trial and err01operation." (page 251-15) Investigators Note: The baseball fields south of Forest Meadows that lnvestigator Pender will refer to is the Meridian Sports Complex. For the purpose of clarity, distances between the Meridian Sports Complex, Maclay School, and Forest Meadows Park were recorded. Maclay School is approximately .55 miles south of the Meridian Sports Complex. Maclay School is approximately .6 miles south of Forest Meadows Park. The Meridian Sports Complex is approximately .05 miles south of Forest Meadows Park.1 1.1. # 08-21 Page 15 of 199
  19. 19. TALLAHASSEE POLICE DEPARTMENT INTERNAL AFFAIRS UNIT According to lnvestigator Corbitts interview, Maclay School would have been an acceptable starting point for gauging the reception for an operation being conducted at Forest Meadows. lnvestigator Corbitt was asked to describe the duties of the team in the monitoring vehicle. He stated, "The duties, as I understand them, for the monitoring person is to monitor the transaction, monitor the wire, the audio that is coming, and relay pertinent information to the team. "Generally, I am listening not at the specifics of the conversation, but 1 am listening for conversation that is consistent with the drug transaction. I am listening for any predetermined symbols of verbiage to indicate that the deal has occurred. "Depending again on the operation, if there is to be a takedown or whatever is to occur, then I will relay pertinent milestones during the operation that it has occurred, suspects have arrived, suspects have departed, whatever those may be." (pages 28:17 - 295) lnvestigator Corbitt acknowledged some advantages to having the case agent and the monitoring person as the same person or in the same vehicle. The case agent has specific knowledge about the investigation and therefore a benefit1 when monitoring the transaction. His preference is to have the case agent or someone as knowledgeable with him while monitoring the audio surveillance. Officer Greg Tucker: On August 11, 2008, lnvestigator George Creamer, Jr. conducted a taped interview in the Legal Conference Room with Officer Greg Tucker after. , being advlsed of his OathlPerjury Warning and Police Officer Statement o f Rights. Sergeant Sam Gereg was also present as Officer Tuckers P.B.A Representative. lnvestigator Danielle Davis and Court Report Sarah Gilroy were also present. Officer Tucker has been employed with the Tallahassee Police Department as an officer for approximately 10 years. He is currently assigned to the patrol division. Prior to this he spent 14 months in the Special Investigations Unit (Vice). As part of his training in Special Investigations, Officer Tucker attended training in basic narcotics investigations, undercover work, and a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) diversion course. lnvestigator Tucker provided a description of the process for documenting a confidential informant (CI). According to Officer Tucker, it is the investigators responsibility to do the background check on potential Cls. This background check includes a criminal history check. Officer Tucker stated, "Obviously weI check JIS and FCIC." (page 155) Officer Tucker stated pretrial release and 1.1. # 08-21 Page 16 of 199
  20. 20. TALLAHASSEE POLICE DEPARTMENT INTERNAL AFFAIRS UNIT diversion programs such as the Drug Court program are not an issue when enlisting a CI. The rules of confidential informants (CI) are to follow were discussed with Officer Tucker. According to Officer Tucker, the list is "pretty comprehensive as far as telling them what to do, what theyre not allowed to do and such." (page I 1:22- 24) Officer Tucker was asked if was against the rules for a CI to discuss their work with the Tallahassee Police Department with another suspect, one theyre attempting to "set up". He stated, "Yes." (page 12:4) Later in the interview he stated this would be cause for him to dismiss the CI. (page 19:3) Officer Tucker was asked if would be against the rules for a CI to discuss or set up a deal with a suspect without first discussing it with the case agent. He stated, "In fact, thats one of the rules we discuss, that you cannot set anything up. I tell, them, if somebody calls and says, hey, I got to do this, put them off. What do you got to do? My sister is in the hospital, got to leave town. Put them off until you can talk to me. Then 1 will give you guidance from there. But you dont say anything without me knowing about it." (page 12:8-15)i Officer Tucker was asked what decisions were up to a CI to make. He stated, "The CI makes no decisions besides whether they want to work or not. Thats always their decision. If they want to walk, I dont care. I can get other CIS. But we make the decision." (page 26:16-19) Officer Tucker was asked about a situation where one CI paid another CI to work for Vice and for that work to count towards the first Cls substantial assistance. Officer Tucker was asked if he would have a problem with that. He stated, - - "Yeah. Ijust no, I dont again, Im sort of a stickler as far as, I dont like Cls. I dont trust Cls. I dont like using Cls. I kept them lower level just for that reason." Officer Tucker was asked if suspects are allowed to choose the location for an ooeration. He stated. We ultimatelv decide if were aoina to ao there or not. -. - someplace that meets our parameters." (page 35:l-7)- According to Officer Tucker, operational plans are approved and physically signed off on by a supervisor. At times there are corrections made along the way that may cause the final copy to not bear a signature. The final copy, though, will not be substantially different from the signed copy.I Officer Tucker was asked who had the authority to change an operation once it was in motion. Investigator Creamer specified the change referred to would be 1.1. # 08-21 Page 17 of 199
  21. 21. TALLAHASSEE POLICE DEPARTME INTERNAL AFFAIRS UNITthe location of the operation. Officer Tucker stated, "At the very minimum yoursergeant, at the very minimum. And usually the sergeant - obviously Im notthere; I dont know. But Im guessing they usually call the lieutenant. But thevery minimum your sergeant has to know about that." (pages 37:25 - 38:4).For the operation dated May 7, 2008, Officer Tucker was assigned to arrest teamnumber two. Officer Tucker was to drive his unmarked vehicle with lnvestiaators lason Laursen, Gavin Larremore, and Shane Porter. Officer Tucker assisted in E l Rachel Hoffman was to use in the operation. :ent of the operational briefing (page 43:7). Hisknowledge of the operation, who was in attendance at the briefing, and theirassignments was limited to the operational plan.Officer Tucker was asked who approved the operational plan. He stated, "Atleast up to the deputy chiefs level, because he gave us the money. So I figuredat least up to there it had been approved, since he gave us the money to do theoperation. He gave Pender the money to do the operation." (page 41:19-23)Officer Tucker was asked who had been assigned to "keep eyes" on CI RachelHoffman. He stated, "Usually thats handed off to people as we go. In this casewe had arrest teams already in the parking lot. My understanding was thatPender or someone else would follow her up to the entrance to Forest Meadows.When she pulled in, the teams already in the parking lot would take oversurveillance then." (page 45:14-19)Officer Tucker learned the location for the operation had been changed to ForestMeadows once he and his team were in their vehicle. Officer Tucker had been tothe area before. One of the officers on his team told him which entrance to turninto once they got to Forest Meadows. Officer Tucker was asked to describe ,Forest Meadows and the surrounding area. He stated, "Basically the three -entrances at the time I knew there were two or three entrances. But, now, ofcourse, I know there is more. The first entrance is softball, baseball field. Thesecond is the tennis facility. And the third entrance i s the soccer field orsomething. I think its something else. Basically a third entrance of the road, ifI;m not mistaken." (page 50:4-10)Officer Tucker was asked if he knew what the safeguards were in case of arobbery or should C Rachel Hoffman chose not to follow directions. He stated, "I Iwasnt at the briefing for that part. I know what normally would happen. As faras the particular operation, I dc~nt know."Investigators Note: I A sr10uld be noted the three Investigators in Officer I[ -L-..Tuckers vehicle, Larremore, Laursen, and Porter, are members of theCareer Criminal Unit and the Tactical Apprehension and Control (TAC)team. They were carrying gear to assist the operation should a violentencounter occur. 1.1. # 08-21 Page 18 of 199
  22. 22. TALLAHASSEE POLICE DEPARTMENT INTERNAL AFFAIRS U N P Officer Tucker was asked if anyone "scouted" out the area when the location was switched to Forest Meadows. He stated, "Didnt have time to scout it out ahead of time because they had just made the change. Our guys got there - I dont know who got there first, but we had units there well ahead of when Pender left the station." (page 5 5 12-16) Officer Tucker was asked if he thought the location of Forest Meadows was a 1 According to supplemental reports and statements, a possible suspect vehicle was located in the Forest Meadows parking lot by Investigator Corey Hale. He radioed to other units in the parking lot this information. Officer Tucker was asked if this caused them concern about possible counter-surveillance by the suspects. He stated, "Were always looking for anybody else hanging around the parking lot who looks like theyre watching anybody else in the parking lot." (page 57:lO-12) Officer Tucker was asked if concern of counter-surveillance by the suspects would warrant calling off the operations. He stated, "Depends if we had seen that counter-surveillance or not. Again, its something youre always aware of. Some of your dopers do it automatically." (page 575-8) Officer Tucker was asked if he thought someone would be following CI Rachel Hoffman to the entrance of Forest Meadows where the arrest teams would up visual surveillance. He stated, "Yes." Officer Tucker heard lnvestigator Pender on the radio when he advised CI Rachel Hoffman was heading to the entrance of Forest Meadows from the exit of the Meridian Sports Complex. He was asked if he thought someone had continued to follow her to the park entrance. Officer Tucker stated, "It was only a few seconds there. And when he said he lost her on the wire, at that point weI knew it was a problem, because we knew they werent behind her, and they lost her on the wire. So we knew there was a problem right there." (page 59:21-25) ~- 1.1. # 08-21 Page 19 of 199
  23. 23. TNTERNAL AFFAIRS U N I I When lnvestigator Pender radioed to units that CI Rachel Hoffman was on Gardner Road, Officer Tucker and his team left the parking lot and headed north on North Meridian Road. According to Officer Tucker, no one in his vehicle knew where Gardner Road was located. At some point, he was given directions over the radio that Gardner Road was approximately two miles north of Thompson Circle. Officer Tucker did not activate his lights and siren when responding to Gardner Road. Officer Tucker stated, "I was tom between activating lights and sirens. If this is going bad to a robbery, they hear it coming, and something bad happens, which we didnt know at the time she was already - so I was torn between getting there as fast as I could and not alerting the bad guys until we got there. At that point we didnt care about the takedown as far as the arrest. We didnt care about the dope. We were going to get our CI back." Investigator Vincent Boccio: On August 11, 2008, lnvestigator Gaurytr Creamer, Jr. conducted a taped interview in the Legal Conference Room with lnvestigator Vincent Boccio after being advised of his OathIPerjury Warning and Police Ofticer Statement of Rights. Sergeant Sam Gereg was also present as lnvestigatorI Boccios P.B.A Representative. lnvestigator Danielle Davis and Court Reporter Sarah Gilroy were also present. lnvestigator Boccio has been employed by the Tallahassee Police Department as an officer for approximately 7.5 years. He has been assigned to the Special Investigations Unit (Vice) for almost 4 years. As part of his position he has received training reference indoor marijuana school, basic investigations, interviews and interrogations, tactical drug law enforcement, high-risk search warrants, and rave drug identification. lnvestigator Boccio discussed the procedures per Vice Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for documenting confidential informants (CI). He stated, We will run warrants, wants and warrants, NCICIFCIC, our local database." (page 10:5-6) According to lnvestigator Boccio, the Drug Court program is not an issue. Once the CI Packet is completed, it is sent to the sergeant for review. lnvestigator Boccio stated, "And the supervisor, again, their ultimate decision is to sign off on the packet or not and whether it gives us permission to use the CI." (page 12:12-14) lnvestigator Boccio was asked what would cause him to stop using a CI. He stated, Whether the CI has been arrested while in my - under my supervision, I! guess so to speak, for obviously drug-related crimes; if theyre caught lying; if theyre out and about, and theyre telling other people that theyre working for the 1.1. # 08-21 Page 20 of 199
  24. 24. TALLAHASSEE POLICE DEPARTMENT INTERNAL AFFAIRS UNITpolice department, and deals are starting to fall through because theyre openlngtheir mouth, that would be some of the big reasons they will be inactive for us."(pages 12:24-13:6)lnvestigator Boccio was asked if it would be cause for dismissal if a CI disclosedhisker status to a suspect. He stated, "Yes. They wouldnt be used again."(page 13:15)lnvestigator Boccio discussed how it is determined what type and the quantity ofproduct the CI is to purchase. He indicated it depended on what the CI normallypurchased. The amount and price would be consistent with the Cls history. Thetype of drug would also depend on the Cls habits, lnvestigator Boccio stated, "Iwould ask them, would you be able to buy that? They would say, yeah, Ive donethat before. Im not going to send someone in, never bought something before,and just do it." (page 19:17-21) lnvestigator Boccio was asked if that decision -was left to the CI. He stated, "No. That would again, the CI would run itthrough me, and then you talk it over with your supervisor." (pages 19:24- 20:l)lnvestigator Boccio was asked if he would allow one CI to pay another CI to workfor the Vice Unit and for that work to apply to the first Cls substantial assistance.He stated, "No. CI number one would ask C1 number two, hey, can you buydrugs from this person or introduce - you know, can you introduce me to thisperson? Sure. But paying for money? No, we dont do that." (pages 21:24-22:3)lnvestigator Boccio was asked if there are any discussions at an operationalbriefing that are not covered in the operational plan. He stated, "The only thingthats ever discussed thats not in the operational plan is safety concerns. Doesanyone see an easier way to do it? Obviously its already written on paper."(page 26:19-22) lnvestigator Boccio was asked who had the authority to changean operational plan once the operation is in motion. He stated, "Usually on abuylbust or search warrant you always have a sergeant on scene. If something -and the case agent and sergeant are constantly talking. Theyre telling him -whats going on, what the CI is talking about, what the bad guy is saying. So ifsomething was to go wrong, the ultimate decision would be made by yoursergeant." (page 29:7-13)For the operation dated May 7, 2008, lnvestigator Boccio was assigned to arrestteam one with Sergeant Rod Looney and Investigators Mike Suleski and KevinMiller. When asked about supervisors who attended the briefing, he recalledseeing Captain Chris Connell, Lieutenant Taltha White, and Sergeant Looney.According to lnvestigator Boccio, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)Special Agents were assigned surveillance at He did notrecall any of DEA Special Agents bc?ing as:signed surveillance on CI RachefHoffman. 1.1. # 08-21 Page 2 1 of 199
  25. 25. TALLAHASSEE POLICE DEPARTME-- . INTERNAL AFFAIRS UNIT lnvestigator Boccio was asked who approved the operational plan. He stated, "I know the sergeant was on scene. Lieutenant, captain, and had to be approved by the deputy chief, because he issued the money." (page 33:15-17) lnvestigator Boccio was asked about the safeguards discussed at the briefing. asked, "And all that is contingent upon the wire, everything else,listening devices being operative?" lnvestigator Boccio stated, Thats correct." lnvestigator Boccios team was still in the parking lot of the Tallahassee Police Department when he got word the location of the deal had been moved to Forest Meadows. He did not know who changed the location. He was asked if he and his team went straight to Forest Meadows. He stated, "Thats correct, on North Meridian Road. We actually parked - once we passed Meridian Road, passed the park, we actually pulled into a church, because lnvestigator Hale - Im sorry - yeah, lnvestigator Hales team was going to drive into the parking lot and see if they could get eyes on a potential suspect vehicle. Once they did, then our team I took place inside Forest Meadows park." (page 40:15-23) lnvestigator Boccio was asked if pre-surveillance was done at Forest Meadows. He stated, "The only pre-surveillance was because we were heading toward that direction anyway. lnvestigator Hales team went inside, did a quick drive-through to see if we could locate the silver BMW that we go information about." (page 42:5-9) lnvestiaator Boccio was asked if Forest Meadows. Der Vice SOP. was a aood for a buylbust." (page 42:15-22) lnvestigator Boccio was asked if it wa: :ern that the suspects might haveI Investigator Boccio was asked at what point did he believe C1 Rachel Hoffman was not going to make it to Forest Meadows. He stated, "We were advised on 1.1. # 08-21 Page 22 of 199
  26. 26. TALLAHASSEE POLICE DEPARTMt N I INTERNAL AFFAIRS UNIT the radio she pulled into the wrong entrance. lnvestigator Pender then stated that she should be pulling in now to the other location. We had eyes on the entrance. We did not see her. About a minute went by. Rod Looney got on the phone, on the radio and said, we dont see her. lnvestigator Pender said, theyre trying to get in touch with her. And he mentioned something about Gardner Road. Thats when we started heading out." (page 44:24-438) lnvestigator David Donato: On Tuesday, August 12, 2008, at 1:00 PM, lnvestigator Danielle Davis conducted a taped interview with Investigator David Donato in the Legal Conference Room of the Tallahassee Police Department. Also present in the room was Internal Affairs lnvestigator George Creamer Jr., PBA Representative Sergeant Sam Gereg and Court Reporter Mrs. Sandra Nargiz. The MemberMlitness Administrative Rights and OathlPerjury Warning forms were read, affirmed, and signed by lnvestigator David Donato. lnvestigator Donato has been employea ~y the Tallahassee Police Department for fourteen years. He has been assigned to the Vice and Narcotics Unit for four years and assigned to the Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force for almost two years. He has received the following training related to narcotics: anI 80 -hour DEA Basic Investigations school for state and local officers and the 40- hour advanced DEA state and local investigator class; a 24 hour school on indoor marijuana grows; a 32-hour class on asset forfeitures and seizures; a 40 b u r class on criminal patrol techniques for drug enforcement and Interview and " Interrogations. He received on-the-job training from former Vice investigator, Sergeant Sam Gereg. According to lnvestigator Donato the investigators run JIS (Justice Information System) checks on potential confidential informants and Teletype runs the FCICINCIC printouts. (Page 9:23-24) lnvestigator Donato advised he was not present for the search warrant served on April 17, 2008. He also did not attend any meetings with Rachel Hoffman between April 18" and May 7th. lnvestigator Donato said he became aware the May 7Ih operation was going to occur on May 7tharound lunchtime. "Pender called me right around lunchtime. In fact, I think I was at lunch," said lnvestigator Donato (Page 30:18-21). lnvestigator Donato said he goes to lunch at 11:30 AM. When asked what preparation he did for the May 7h operation, lnvestigator Donato advised he completed a DEA operational plan which referenced back to the TPD (Tallahassee Police Department) operational plan. He also searched through DEA records to see if there was intelligence information h e y didnt have any). Additionally, lnvestigator 1.1. # 08-21 Page 23 of 199
  27. 27. TALLAHASSEE POLICE DEPARTME INTERNAL AFFAIRS UNIT gathered information on the investigators participating in the operation (their birthdays and social security numbers) for the DEA deputization form. lnvestigator Donatos attention was directed to an e-mail he sent to himself with the involved officers dates of birth, social security numbers, home addresses, birth city, and date of their last firearms qualification. When asked if that was all that is required for an officer to be deputized under DEA, lnvestigator Donato advised there is a standard DEA form with blocks on it. The information gathered goes onto the form. After the form is completed, the officers have to raise their right hand and swear. According to lnvestigator Donato, the DEA supervisor would have been the person to deputize the officers involved in this investigation. He believed eight or nine officers were deputized. lnvestigator Donato recalled DEA agents Jimmy Harley, Lou Andris and the DEA attending the briefing. Jimm Harle was sent t o r n o w a f c h u s e and as a spotter* --. He was unsure what Agent Andris assignment was. When asked what supervisors are normally on scene, he advised a sergeant. He said lieutenants normally attend the briefings and in the case of this operation,I the captain (Connell) was there. lnvestigator Donato said he a n d ( ~ ~ eRobert Robbins) left to-g n t r efore the controlled telephone contacts were made. When he got t o m he called lnvestigator Pender and learned the location of Forest Meadows had been decided on. He did not recall Forest Meadows specifically being mentioned at the briefing. He stated, "...they did mention that she had had a conversation with him and they mentioned some kind of park where all the rich people go off Old Bainbridge," said lnvestigator Donato, (Page36:8-12). He continued, "...She had had conversation with him at some point and they were talking about doing it at the park where the rich people go on Old Bainbridge. And of course nobody knew what that was because it doesnt exist," (Page 36:24-Page 37:3). lnvestigator Donato was asked what the restrictions are in terms of buylbust locations. He answered, "I dont know if there is really any spelled out. What you are going to look at is someplace where you can blend in, you can do it safely for everybody involved, from the sources, the suspects, to the innocent people, to the officers that are doing it. Someplace that you can, again, kind of blend in and monitor and kind of quickly seal off or isolate," (Page 37:13-21). lnvestigator Donato believed Forest Meadows Park met those guidelines. ----. ----- 1.1. # 08-21 Page 24 of 199
  28. 28. TALLAHASSEE POLICE,DEPARTMENT INTERNAL AFFAIRS UNIT at the house,- went to - to see if they could follow the suspects from the house to the deal and still have a valid search of the house Pa e 39:6-11). lnvestigator Donato advised he could see the h o u s a &- Investigator Donato advised-~hen he heard it relayed that the gray BMW, which Investigator Donato advised Anent Harley then advised "thev" were at the dead end o f ~ a r d n e r Road. After h d i n g ~ a i d n e r Road lnvestigator Donato a d v i s e n g wasnt going right." (Page 43:15-23) lnvestigator Shane Porter: On August 12, 2008, lnvestigator George Creamer, Jr. conductea a taped interview in the Legal Conference Room with lnvestigator Shane Porter after being advised o his OathlPerjury Warning and Police Officer f Statement of Rights. Sergeant Sam Gereg was also present as lnvestigator Porters P.B.A. Representative. lnvestigator Danielle Davis and Court Reporter Sandi Nargiz were also present. lnvestigator Porter has been employed by the Tallahassee Police Department for approximately 8 years. He is currently assigned to the Career Criminal UnitI ( c c ~ ) has been for the past 4.5 years. and - - 1.1. # 08-21 Page 25 of 195
  29. 29. , TALLAHASSEE POLICE DEPARTME INTERNAL AFFAIRS UNIT staffing (page 19:3-4). Had the operation taken place at - lnvestigator Porter was asked to participate in the May 7, 2008 operation as extra lnvestigator Porter and the CCU participants were to use their Tactical Apprehension and Control (TAC) supplies. If a robbery or hostage situation were to occur, Captain Chris Connell advised that the CCU participants were to take over. lnvestigator Porter was assigned to arrest team 2. lnvestigator Porter was asked who was assigned to keep eyes on Cl Rachel Hoffman. He stated, "I dont recall. I am assuming it would be Pender, but I dont know, because he was running the wire. So I dont recall who." (page 21:l- 3) lnvestigator Porter was asked if any safeguaras were discussed at the briefing such as what was to occur if the CI is lost or does not follow orders. He stated, "I dont remember if it was discussed at the briefing. Weve always been told that if you have a situation where we completely lose contact with the CI, typically we call stuff off. We are not going to do deals if we dont know whats happening. But I dont remember if it was specifically said in that particular briefing or not. Its just kind of a known." (pages 23:20-24:l) Prior to leaving the parking lot, lnvestigator Porter and his team were notified theI location of the operation had been changed to Forest Meadows. According to lnvestigator Porter, he knew Forest Meadows and the surrounding area. lnvestigator Porter was asked if the suspects had changed the location to Forest Meadows. He stated, "If I remember right, I believe the suspect changed the location, yeah." (page 25:2-3) lnvestigator Porter recalled lnvestigator Corey Hale had observed a possible suspect vehicle in the parking lot prior to his team entering the park. lnvestigator Porter was asked if those on his team had any concerns about the suspects setting up counter-surveillance. He stated, W e were concerned the whole time. Because I remember when we were pulling in, we were specifically making sure lnvestigator Porter was asked if his team took any measures to ensure the sus~ectswere not watching them, that there was not a second vehicle of lnvestigator Porter was asked if any of the other officers were actively checking the park for additional suspects or vehicles. He stated, "As far as walking around1 or driving around, no, because, just like I said, believing that that could be the suspect, nobody really wanted to move." (page 28:l-3) 1.1. # 08-21 Page 26 of 199
  30. 30. TALLAHASSEE POLICE DEPARTME INTERNAL AFFAIRS UNI lnvestigator Porter was asked if he thought anyone was watching C1 Rachel Hoffman until she entered Forest Meadows. He stated, Well, we were all watching Meridian Road, watching the entrance waiting for her to pull in the park, because when we were told she was leaving the baseball field she pulled in, I guess she thought she was supposed to be. And what I remember Pender got ahold of her and said, hey, you need to go one more up, one more parking lot up. So he got on the radio and said, hey, I told her to move up. And we all started watching the entrance, watching Meridian Road, and just never saw her pull in." (page 28:8-I 8) According to lnvestigator Porter, he believed lnvestigator Pender was watching CI Hoffman from the time she left the baseball fields to the point she entered Forest Meadows. He stated, "I honestly thought that Pender saw her or had eyes on her, yes." (page 28:24-25) lnvestigator Porter was asked what his reaction was when he realized lnvestigator Pender had no phone contact or wire contact with CI Hoffman. He stated, "He - Pender said I am still trying to get her on the wire. At that point we are still thinking the guy might be in the same lot as us, so nobody really wanted to move and go look for her. And we already knew that we had a DEA guy on Meridian Road and Pender on Meridian Road. It wasnt too long after that Pender got back on the radio and said, I got her on the phone, she is following him right now, and they are going down whatever road. He said, do the takedown now, I dont care if the deal goes or not, take it down now." (pages 29:21-2016) lnvestigator Gavin Larremore: On August 12, 2008, lnvestigator George Creamer, Jr. conducted a taped interview in the Legal Conference Room with lnvestigator Gavin Larremore after being advised o f his OathlPerjury Warning and Police Officer Statement of Rights. Sergeant Sam Gereg was also present as lnvestigator Larrernores P.B.A Representative. lnvestigator Danielle Davis and Court Reporter Sandi Nargiz were also present. lnvestigator Larremore has been employed by the Tallahassee Police Department as an officer for 5.5 years. He is currently assigned to the Career Criminal Unit (CCU) and has been for approximately 9 months.. Investigator Larremore was asked to participate in the May 7. 2008 operation along with several members of CCU. He acknowledged he attended the briefing for the operation. lnvestigator Larremore recalled Captain Connell, Lieutenant White, and Sergeant Looney were present at the briefing. lnvestigator Larrernore described his role in the operation for each of u l a locations in the operational plan. He stated, "They talked about the Walmart 1.1. # 08-21 Page 27 of 199
  31. 31. TALLAHASSEE POLICE DEPARTMENT INTERNAL AFFAIRS UNIT being the main place. That was kind of, from my recollection, was a backuppossible location. It could happen one of either on Meridian or possibly at theWalmart. And I dont remember at what point we found out it was going to be atthe Meridian location, but thats where we headed to when we left here thestation. But we did talk about which vehicles arrest team 2 was going to do thisand be responsible for the suspects car or this group is going to be responsiblefor her car. So there was discussion as to that at the buy location. I dontremember into what detail it was." (pages 18:24-19:lO)lnvestigator Larremore was asked who was going to give him h ~ cues as to what swas occurring in the house or vehicle. He stated, "My understanding would bethat it would come from the guys - and I believe it was Pate and Pender in thecar monitoring the wire, if I am remembering correctly." (page 19:13-16)lnvestigator Larremore was asked if he recalled what assignments the DEASpecial Agents had. He stated, "There were - I believe one of them, maybeAndris, if I am correct, was to be one of the eyes on the car on her way to thelocation. And I dont know if the other one . I am not sure whattheir direct assignments were. Thats just w h a t a g e 20~18-23)lnvestigator Larremore was asked if the location of Forest Meadows wasdiscussed at the briefing. He stated, "I think it was. I cant - 1 remember theWalmart being discussed. I dont remember when it was decided it was one orthe other. I just remember when we left the station, we went to Forest Meadowsand thats what I had in my mind that we were going to." (page 25:14-22)lnvestigator Larremore was asked at what point his team realized CI RachelHoffman was not going to make it to the park. He stated, We heard the radiotraffic that she turned off at the baseball fields, and then heard traffic that shewas turning back on to Meridian and should be coming in within a minute or two.And then a minute or so after that, somebody, I dont know who; asked over theradio do you see her in the parking lot yet? And we didnt see her. And I knowwithin our car we kind of started discussing where do you think she went, I dontknow. I dont know."And then thats when we heard Pender on me radio when Pender said she is onGardner Road and he didnt have a wire and then she wasnt answering. Then itwas quite obvious at that point. But we started wondering when he asked, didanybody see her turn in yet. And I had been looking at the entrance and had notseen her. So right about that time." (page 32:6#lnvestigator Corey Hale:On August 12, 2008, lnvestigator George Creamer, Jr. conducted a tapedinterview in the Legal Conference Room with lnvestigator Corey Hale afterbeing advised of his OathIPerjut-yWarning and Police Officer Statement ofRights. Sergeant Sam Gereg was also present as lnvestigator Hales P.B.A -- 1.1. # 08-21 Page 28 of 199
  32. 32. TALLAHASSEE POLICE DEPARTMENT INTERNAL AFFAIRS UNIT Representative. lnvestigator Danielle Davis and Court Report Sandi Nargiz were also present. lnvestigator Hale has been employed with the Tallahassee Police Department as an officer for approximately 7 years. He has been assigned to the Special Investigations Unit (Vice) approximately one year. As part of his assignment he has had training in basic narcotics investigations, undercover work, and domestic marijuana interdiction. lnvestigator Hale explained the process of documenting a confidential informant (CI). He was asked what kind of background information is collected on a CI. lnvestigator Hale stated, We make sure they have a drivers license - I mean, its not necessary to have one, but that obviously makes it easier if they have a valid drivers license, they can drive themselves to the station and they can come and go to the suppliers residences without one of us having to drive them around. We also do a local background check as far as their criminal history. We also go to teletype and run them through a criminal history check through FCICINCIC which would see if they have any criminal history in other states or other counties in the state of Florida, if the! any outstanding warrants, anything of that nature." (page l3:13-25)I Investigator Hale was asked if the CI being in the Drug Court program was an issue or concern. He stated, "That - I know you are asking because Willie Meggs made a big deal about it on the news. There is nothing in our policy or working procedure that says we shall or should get approval from the State Attorneys office to work someone who is in Drug Court. Drug Court basically is pretrial intervention. So they are not on any kind of, as our policy states, probationary status." (page 14:3-10) lnvestigator Hale was not familiar with the conaltlons of the Drug Court program. He was asked if there was a condition of the Drug Court program that the C1 would be violating should helshe participate in an operation, would that be an issue. He stated, "Yes, we would probably clear it through whoever is assigned, probably Owen McCaul, he does a lot of the Drug Court stuff." (page 16:ll-13) Investigators Note: The following are the standard conditions for the Drug Court program according to Assistant State Attorney (ASA) Owen McCaul. These conditions are listed on the Drug Court agreement and acknowledged by all participants in the program: 1. The Defendant agrees to enroll in the Leon County Drug Court Intervention Division and comply with all conditions imposed as a part of such treatment under the rules and regulations of the program. The Defendants participation i n the program shall be for a minimum of twelve (12) months and a maximum of eighteen (18) months, unless 1.1. # 08-21 Page 29 of 199
  33. 33. TALLAHASSEE POLICE DEPARTMENT INTERNAL AFFAIRS UNIT otherwise ordered by the Court. The Defendant will be required to pay costs of $50 a month. The Defendant agrees to refrain from the possession andlor usage of Illicit drugs, to refrain from the consumption of alcoholic beverages, and to refrain from the commission of any misdemeanor or felony offenses throughout the pendency of this case.The Defendant agrees that, during participation in the program, the Pretrial lntervention Officer or the Court may require from the Defendant samples of breath, urlne andlor blood for the purpose ofdetermining whether the Defendant has used Illicit drugs andloralcohol. The Defendant shall not refuse any attempt by the treatmentstaff to extract a breath, urine or blood sample for the purpose ofdetermining compliance with the requirements of the Leon CountyFelony Drug Court lntervention Division. However, such samples willnot be used as evldence against the defendant on the current drugoffenses charged.The Defendant hereby stipulates to the validity, accuracy and mannerof testing pertaining to tests performed on breath, blood andlor urinesamples. The Defendant hereby waives any right or claim to challengethe extraction, chain of custody, and testing of the breath, blood andlorurine sample, and waives any right to a hearing on such issues.The Defendant agrees to appear in court before the Leon County FelonyDrug Court Division judge on a monthly basis, or as othewise orderedby the Court.The Defendant consents to communication between the Drug TestingCenter, the Drug Court judge, the Drug Court prosecutor, defenseattorney, and Drug Court pretrial intervention officer in order to informthe court and all other named parties of hislher eligibility andloracceptability for substance abuse treatment services and hislhertreatment attendance, prognosis, compliance and progress inaccordance with the Drug Court programs monitoring criteria.The Defendant agrees to speak freely with the Drug Court judge abouthislher treatment and substance usage, with the understanding thatsuch statements made in Leon County Felony Drug Court InterventionDivision will not be used as evidence on the current drug offensecharged.The Defendant agrees to waive all rights to speedy trial under the laws,constitutions, and rules of the State of Florida and the United States ofAmerica during the period of the diversion of this cause.The Defendant agrees to refrain from violating any law.Cost of Supervision is waived by the Court, until a specific order withrespect thereto is entered in such case.The Defendant will work diligently at a lawful occupation, or attempt tosecure employment unless helshe is enrolled as a full-time student.Employment is to be verified by pay stub and school status is to beverified by report card or written documents. 1.1. # 08-21 Page 30 of 199
  34. 34. TALLAHASSEE POLICE DEPARTME INTERNAL AFFAIRS U N I T 12. The Defendant will make himselflherself available fur m e services for the Leon County Felony Drug Court Intervention Agreement Program by reporting in person to hislher Probation Officer on a monthly basis as directed. 13. The Defendant will truthfully answer all inquiries b y hislher Probation Officer and agrees that the officer may visit hislher home, or school, without prior approval and will comply with all instructions he or she may give. 14. The Defendant agrees to enroll i n and attend an approved educational andlor vocational training program if deemed appropriate. 15. The Defendant will not own, possess, or carry any fireann or other types of weapons. According to lnvestigator Hale, the unit supervisor is kept informed about Cis by the case investigator. He was asked if he would inform his supervisor should one of his Cls break a rule. He stated, "Yes." (page 18:24) lnvestigator Hale was asked what actions from a CI would cause him to stop using the CI. He stated, "Unreliability, putting themselves or others in jeopardy, giving false information that we know was false. Weve actually bypassed several Cis for unreliability. We had some commit perjury in court, courtroom testimony. Obviously thats going to disqualify them from being an informant. Just variousI things of that nature." (page 19:l-7) lnvestigator Hale was asked if a CI were to disclose their status as a CI to a potential suspect and spoke to suspects outside his control and against his advice, would this cause him to cease use of the CI. He stated, "It just depends. It would be on a case-by-case basis. Who they told. Like oftentimes we tell them not to tell anyone, but they tell their parents." (page 19:13-16) lnvestigator Hale was asked if it were appropriate for one CI to pay another C1 to work for the Vice unit and for that work to apply to the first Cls substantial assistance. He stated, "I can see where that would be a problem, but I dont necessarily think it would be wrong." (page 27:7-8) lnvestigator Hale was present for the search warrant at Rachel Hoffmans apartment, 2626 East Park Avenue, on April 17, 2008. He did not hear the interview of Rachel Hoffman by lnvestigator Pender where she requested to be a CI. He did recall Rachel Hoffman requested to keep some of her drug paraphernalia. She claimed that if a potential supplier came to her apartment it would look suspicious if she didnt have any drug paraphernalia. lnvestigator Hale was requested to assist in the May 7, 2008 operation. He was assigned to the block team with investigator Rey Finales. lnvestigator Hale did not recall any of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special AgentsI attending the briefing. He also recalled Captain Connell and Sergeant Looney 1.1. # 08-21 Page 31 of 199
  35. 35. TALLAHASSEE POLICE DEPARTMEN I INTERNAL AFFAIRS UNIT being in attendance. lnvestigator Hale could not recall seeing Lieutenant White at the briefing. lnvestigator Hale was asked whose responsibility it was to keep eyes on CI Rachel Hoffman. He stated, "Investigator Pender was the monitor unit and it was his responsibility for that." (page 48:15-16) lnvestigator Hale was asked what would happen should contact be I Investigator Hale stated Forest Meado was not disc:ussed at the briefing. The NS first he heard of the change in location was when he was heading towards Sumrnerbrooke on North Meridian Road. lnvestigator Hale did not know who changed the location or who approved the change in location. He and lnvestigator Finales were the first to arrive at Forest Meadows. lnvestigator Hale was asked if he recalled Vice Standard Operating Procedures lnvestigator Hale stated, "Not specifically that I recall. I am sure there may be some but as a working practice you generally have it cleared through your supervisor and make sure he is okay with it." (page 56:23-57:l) lnvestigator Hale and lnvestigator Finales arrived at the park approximately 5 minutes before the next vehicle. They observed a vehicle, gray BMW, matching the description of the suspect vehicle pull into the park. lnvestigator Hale stated, Well, I was on the north end of the park and it came in and did not come north, so I assumed it had to be either at the very - at the middle of the park or on theI south side of the parking lot." (page 57:14-17) Investigator Hale did not observe the occupants. 1.1. # 08-21 Page 32 of 199

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