Saturday, October 27, 2012
Company In Sheriff's Scandal Claims It's Bystander
Former McHenry County Sheriff's Department narcotics chief John Koziol Wednesday charged Undersheriff Andy Zinki told Goode, a political supporter, the Drug Enforcement Administration knew about a shipment of marijuana on its way to RITA Corp. Two days later, according to Koziol, Goode gave Zinke's election campaign a $5,000 donation.
Goode's statement said, "the truck in question belonged to a common carrier who was transporting a load of cosmetic raw materials purchased by RITA Corporation from a supplier in Mexico. The truck did not belong to RITA Corporation and the driver was not an employee of RITA Corporation."
According to Koziol's complaint, DEA intercepted two tons of marijuana headed for RITA Corp near Corpus Christi, TX, in July. However, neither the Corpus Christi Caller-Times nor city's three TV stations reported a story like that all summer. McHenry County police, speaking on background, said DEA doesn't always publicize drug intercepts, though. Asked Friday if there was an intercept, Lisa Johnson, spokesman for DEA's Houston office which covers Corpus Christi, would only say, "We're not able to release anything."
Koziol's Special Prosecutor request is scheduled for consideration in McHenry County Circuit Court next Friday when the State's Attorney's Office is supposed to announce whether it can conduct an investigation.