Nine More Arrested in Prince Georgia’s County Corruption Sweep

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Federal agents continued their corruption sweep in Prince Georgia’s County on Monday, netting nine people, including three police officers. The arrests were part of a larger operation which began with the arrest of County Executive Jack B. Johnson and his wife on Friday.

FBI agents said that those arrested recently include police Sgt. Richard Delabrer, 45, of Laurel, Cpl. Chong Chin Kim, 42, of Beltsville and Officer Sinisa Simic, 25, of Woodbridge. A federal indictment claims that liquor store owner Ambrik S. Melhi, 51, and others paid Delabrer and Kim to protect the distribution of untaxed cigarettes and liquor in Virginia and Maryland.  Melhi, the two officers and four other suspects are charged with conspiracy to commit extortion.

Simic was arrested on charges of involvement in cocaine distribution and using firearms in drug distribution. Another one of the suspects, Mirza Kujundzic, 30, was charged with the same offenses.

The indictment seeks the forfeiture of $3.5 million in cash, 25 homes and businesses, 13 vehicles and 84 bank accounts that authorities say are associated with the alleged crimes. U.S. District Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein said that the new arrests were linked to the arrest of Johnson on Friday, but didn’t give more details.

The Washington Post

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