Central Police Detective of Columbia University Drug Bust Arrested: Egg on the Face of Ray Kelly and Bridgett Brennan
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Last week Detective Richard Palase, a NYPD Detective was arrested by federal authorities and charged with conspiracy to operate an illegal gambling business. Palase was a central figure in the Columbia University drug bust last year, which special Narcotics Prosecutor, Bridgett Brennan and Police Commissioner, Ray Kelly blew up to be a major narcotics arrest.
But in reality it was a small time arrest that netted five students for selling drugs on their school campus. In a press release distributed by the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor, headed by Brennan, the bust was dubbed "Operation Ivy League." It was described as the culmination of a five-month police sting where they planted a baby-faced looking undercover cop to purchase drugs from the students.
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Palase was arrested for allegedly heading up a $6,000-per-day gambling operation in
While the "Ivy League" bust generated a wave of media for Brennan and Kelly, the reality is that the headline-seeking bust has blown up in their faces with the arrest of Det. Palase. Now let's see what happens to the students who were arrested and whose lives were ruined because of the overzealous police policies.