Raid in Hillsdale tied to reported police corruption

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HILLSDALE, MO (KTVI) - Hillsdale police were kept away from a raid in its own jurisdiction because of concerns about possible police corruption.

Just after 8 pm, Friday night, St. Louis County Tactical and Pinelawn Police surrounded two homes on Bailey.  Police raided the same homes seven months ago.  In October, Pinelawn Police reported recovering cocaine and illegal guns.  A bigger concern arose when a suspect in the home reportedly admitted hearing a Hillsdale officer warn other suspects about the October raid.  The person described someone else in the home talking to the Hillsdale officer on speakerphone when the officer said, 'Get out. Leave! Leave!'  Pinelawn police reported later finding drugs hidden in an air vent and overflow pipe.  They also reported finding a gun under a mattress, with a defaced serial number and a gun in an air vent that was reported stolen.

The FBI later arrested two Hillsdale Officers,  Lt. Parish Swanson and Officer Raymond Stephens, accusing them of a drug conspiracy.
Now, fast forward seven months to today.  Pinelawn Detective Corporal Lawrence Fleming said Police believe illegal activity at the Bailey homes continued.  After a loud flash bang, they arrested at least six suspects and recovered more guns and drugs.  One officer said that a strong smell of PCP was slowing down the search.

The Hillsdale Police Department was not notified of this second raid.  We watched as a Hillsdale officer drove up to the scene and was turned away by a Pinelawn officer.

Hillsdale is the same Department where Sgt Christopher Cornell pleaded guilty to Federal Drug charge in 2007.

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  • rose

    Sounds like these slugs are corrupt slugs. They should throw the book at them. And they wonder why public trust in Law Officers is so low.


    I agree to a point.
    However let’s don’t paint all Police Officers with a broad brush.
    The overwhelming number of Police Officers do a good, honest
    job everyday they go to work.

    • rose

      Harris- Most people know not All Law Officers are corrupt, majority of them do their job the best they can everyday, then try to make it home safe to their families. I have a brother that is with Highway Patrol in Southern Illinois. These people make him sick,

  • ByeByeToTheRite

    Hillsdale Missouri is one of the most right wing republican towns in st.louis county, I’m not surprised something like this would happen. Just look at all those evil capitalist pigs that live there hicks ,rednecks and tea party members.

  • val

    hillsdale needs to be shut down half of all the police in that area are up to no good they seat back in the dark cuts and do all thier dirty stuff but are quick to pull innocense people over and give them tickets.

  • jay

    You know, down here in jefferson county. i “over heard” an officer who i, and others personally knew, let it be known we should not be going to this “certain house” it was about to be raided. months later, it was. SO FOR YOU NONBELIVERS, corruption is much more common than many want to admit or not allow themselves to belive. ITS ONLY GETTING WORSE. get ready the funs only begun. have a great weekend my friends with EYES and EARS.

    • Bob

      I think think that law enforcement advising people to stay away from a house is corruption. It’s not the same as advising people inside the house to leave.

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