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FBI pulled plug on 2011 undercover sting against Sheriff's Department
FBI pulled plug on 2011 undercover sting against Sheriff's Department

Operation Blue Line was a go. In August 2011, FBI agents were gearing up to launch the next phase of their wide-ranging investigation into suspected brutality and corruption by sheriff's deputies in the Los Angeles County jails. The plan was to rent a warehouse, spread the word that it was full of narcotics and hire corrupt deputies from the jails to moonlight as guards. Included in the budget was $10,000 for bribes and kickbacks, according to an internal FBI memo reviewed by The Times. The deputies lured into the purported drug enterprise would then be used to get information about abuses in the jails. Two days after it was greenlighted by headquarters in Washington, Blue...

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