Two Miami Police officers were charged and convicted in federal court with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute over five kilograms of cocaine, for protecting drug couriers, and for possession of a firearm during and in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense. The investigation began with an F.B.I. investigation into police corruption in the Miami Police Department. Posing as would-be drug dealers, the F.B.I.’s investigation focused on an officer named Anderson, who agreed to cooperate. The F.B.I. created a reverse sting posing as drug dealers in need of protection for delivering drugs and money.
Wearing a wire, Anderson approached an officer named Schonton who agreed to give protection for the undercover drug dealer. When Schonton was asked if she knew other law enforcement officers willing to participate, she suggested Kelvin Harris, who become involved in this reverse sting operation designed by the F.B.I. Harris received money for his assistance from the undercover agent posing as a drug dealer. The undercover F.B.I. agent told Schonton and Harris that more officers were needed for a bigger job, and the two officers also recruited Miami Police officer Archibald. The F.B.I. set up an undercover sting that involved transporting 20 kilograms of cocaine that would arrive in Miami. The recruited officers provided protection by providing a police escort to the hotel where the undercover agents transporting the contraband. All the officers were present when the drugs were unloaded and unpacked at the hotel. Each paid $4,000.
Archibald and Harris went to trial in federal court. Archibald claimed he did not know what was going on during the first sting operation. He also argued he was entrapped then he met the undercover agents who scared him. Harris testified in his defense claiming that while he realized Schonton and Anderson were involved in illegal conduct, he decided to conduct his own surreptitious but lawful investigation by infiltrating the drug operation. The jury found Harris guilty on all counts and found Archibald guilty on most counts.