Dec 10, 2002
Did agents with the Florida Dept. of Law Enforcement ignore evidence of government corruption? FOX13 Investigates has learned FDLE has launched an "internal inquiry" into allegations made by Tampa Police Det. "Chip" DeBlock.
received information from numerous sources of corruption activities
involving public officials," says DeBlock, "and it also included
activities in the lingerie shop businesses."
detective says FDLE agents ignored his evidence---evidence he says
could've put some powerful people behind bars.
don't want to do an investigation," says DeBlock, "then they should back
up and document why they don't want to do that
says she's met high-class clients at private parties in Tampa. At those
parties she says she's seen several Hillsbrough County assistant state
attorneys using illegal drugs and paying for sex. It made her angry
because she says those attorneys think they're above the
been in trouble before," says Jessica, "and to have a state attorney
standing there and doing cocaine and stuff and then hear him in the
courtroom demanding a sentence it just really upset
two years ago she told the FDLE everything she knew about the assistant
state attorneys. But she says an FDLE agent crossed the
the agent told one of the attorneys about her allegations—even gave that
attorney her name.
don't ever reveal a confidential informant," says Jessica, "you don't ever
go to the source just because they're a friend. If your friend breaks the
law you do your job."
assistant state attorney and others she identified never faced
totally broke my trust with the FDLE. I will never work with that agency
again," Jessica says.
DeBlock says FDLE also let him down. In newly obtained documents, DeBlock
claims an FDLE agent told him that the FDLE didn't want to get involved
with drug and prostitution investigations of assistant state attorneys or
anyone else in power at the Hillsborough County
records he kept during the investigation DeBlock writes "the fact that the
FDLE refused to investigate the matter and... considered supplying...
information to the SAO (State Attorneys Office) was... (a) problem."
DeBlock says he's encouraged by the internal inquiry and two FDLE agents
from Tallahassee have interviewed him. Even so, he believes an outside
agency with no ties to FDLE should determine whether agents refused to
investigate government officials.
once investigated the underground sex industry for a living and now
investigates domestic violence cases for TPD.
Hillsborough County Commissioners
Gov. Jeb Bush