Ted Strickland’s Drug Sting Cover Up
Columbus Channel 10’s Paul Aker is covering a HUGE story that, according to my sources, is about to get even bigger:
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Senator Timothy Grendell, chairman of the Ohio State Senate Criminal Justice Committee, plans to hold a hearing into a drug sting that was called off at the Governor’s Residence in January, 10 Investigates’ Paul Aker reported on Wednesday.
Grendell said he wanted a hearing on what he called a “fiasco at the Governor’s Mansion” after listening to responses from the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Superintendent, Col. David Dicken.
Grendell was not pleased with answers that were given to his committee regarding the incident.
Grendell, a Republican, told 10 Investigates he will hold the meeting within the next few weeks and plans to call everyone involved, including Cathy Collins-Taylor, the director of public safety.
Grendell said he believes politics involving the Governor’s Office played a role in the decision to halt the sting, Aker reported
The Governor’s Office has acknowledged knowing about the operation, but claims it played no role in the execution of the sting.
Earlier this month, supervisors relieved Ohio State Highway Patrol Major Robert Booker of his duties as they planned to investigate his handling of a suspected smuggling plot involving inmates working at Gov. Strickland’s Bexley residence.
The patrol had a plan to arrest a woman who was thought to be planning a drug drop at the residence, but Collins-Taylor decided to cancel the sting and warn the woman instead.
Senator Tim Grendell was absolutely livid during this committee hearing today, and rightfully so. I’m hearing too many conflicting stories about what else might have occurred here, but at the minimum there was a decision made to minimize the coverage and political impact.
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