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Rooting out corruption

Owen Canfield Modified: August 9, 2013 at 4:25 pm •  Published: August 9, 2013

On the witness stand this week, a state drug agent recounted being pulled over last summer in Tulsa. It was part of an undercover sting operation — police had reason to believe Officer Marvin Blades Jr. had been robbing Hispanic drivers during traffic stops.

After being pulled over, the agent testified, Blades told him to leave his wallet in the truck and stand near the police cruiser. Blades leaned into the truck and subsequently returned the wallet, telling the man he was “lucky this time.”

The wallet was missing six $100 bills that were part of the operation. Blades was arrested the next morning.

On Thursday, a judge found him guilty of five counts of robbery with a firearm and sentenced him to 35 years in prison. “There is no place in this community for corrupt police officers,” the prosecutor said. Amen to that, and kudos to the department for rooting it out.


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