Friday, July 19, 2013

Agents find heroin in Chicago aviation officer's car near Milwaukee: Angela Brown charged with possession of heroin, intent to deliver

MILWAUKEE —A Chicago law enforcement officer is arrested, accused of transporting heroin to Milwaukee.

WISN 12 News investigative reporter Colleen Henry reported on the high-tech way investigators tracked her down and what else was in her car.

The suspect drove the Interstate 94 stretch from Chicago to Milwaukee weekly, as narcotics agents tracked her with a GPS device hidden on her car, a law enforcement source said.

High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas agents finally pulled over Chicago Aviation Officer Angela Brown near Rawson Avenue Wednesday morning.

Agents said when they stopped her, Brown gave them consent to search her car. Inside the glove compartment they found an eyeglass case that contained 40 grams of heroin.

A law enforcement source told WISN 12 News they also found her badge and her uniform.

The U.S. attorney charged the 47-year-old veteran officer with possession of heroin with intent to deliver.

Brown works as an aviation police officer at Chicago O'Hare International Airport.

One police source told WISN 12 News agents are trying to determine if she was using her position to move drugs. Another source said she worked as a mule for a Chicago kingpin and drove heroin to Milwaukee for the last six months.

"I really can't tell you anything right now," Brown's attorney, Tom Erickson, said.

WISN 12 News talked to Erickson outside federal court where Brown appeared Thursday afternoon. A judge ordered her release without bail.

"She's basically out on bail until the next court appearance, and I suspect she'll be out of custody until this case is over with or beyond," Erickson said.

Brown declined to comment as she left court.

Brown has been on the job for nine years. An O'Hare spokeswoman would only confirm one of its officers is being investigated in Milwaukee.

The spokeswoman did not respond to questions about what's being done to determine whether Brown was running drugs out of O'Hare, but police sources told Henry that will definitely be part of their investigation.

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