Former Philadelphia, PA police detective sentenced for informing “Ace Capone” Coles of police raids

April 27th, 2010 - 2:30 am ICT by BNO News  

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA (BNO NEWS) – A Former Pennsylvania police detective was sentenced for obstructing of justice, prosecutors said Monday.

Rickie Durham, 44, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a former Philadelphia police detective, shared confidential information with Alton “Ace Capone” Coles, and then lied to federal investigators when asked whether he had divulged information about searches to any other parties.

In 2005, Durham was assigned to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as a department Task Force Officer, and during that time, Coles was under investigation. A woman closely related to a friend of Durham’s, Asya Richardson, was Cole’s lover at that time, and Durham warned that friend that federal law enforcement agents were going to conduct searches of Coles’ home and the homes of his associates, knowing that the warning would be relayed to Richardson and Coles.

Coles, in turn, called his associates to share the information.

When Durham called Richardson’s brother to tip her off to the impending raid, he was not obstructing an investigation of an accountant and, as the jury found, he willfully obstructed the Alton Coles investigation.

Durham was sentenced Monday to 24 months in prison, 1,000 hours of community service and ordered him to pay a $5,000 fine.

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