The arrests resulted from a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives undercover operation against an unnamed street gang. An informant learned the gang was using police officers to guard multi-kilo drug deals and protect them from hijackers or honest police officers.
The informant asked the gangsters and their associates to provide police to guard some of his upcoming cocaine transactions. Duren, in full uniform, patrolled a parking lot to protect the illicit commerce, collecting $8,800 for a series of drug transactions, according to a federal affidavit. He shared the payoffs with a civilian accomplice, the affidavit said.
The alleged accomplice, Shannon Bass, told the informant Duren got $700 of the $2,200 in protection money in one deal. He got paid an extra $800 to use his DeKalb police cruiser in the final sting-related transaction in which he participated, in November 2011, according to the affidavit.
Williams shared in $18,000 in payoffs, according to an affidavit. The officer stated a willingness to kill to protect drug deals, the affidavit said.
“Williams allegedly instructed Bass to remove any cocaine from the scene if Williams had to shoot somebody during the upcoming sale,” federal authorities said in a prepared statement.
The sting netted six other metro Atlanta law officers, two former DeKalb County jailers, and five civilians, two of whom pretended to be cops, authorities said. If convicted of the drug trafficking charges, they face a minimum of 10 years in prison.