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    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/09/02/AR2005090200002.html 2 D.C. Officers on Leave Amid Cocaine Inquiry Drugs Seized After Arrival
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      2 D.C. Officers on Leave Amid Cocaine Inquiry
      Drugs Seized After Arrival at Miami Airport

      By Del Quentin Wilber and Allan Lengel
      Washington Post Staff Writers
      Friday, September 2, 2005; Page B02

      Two D.C. police officers have been placed on administrative leave pending
      the outcome of an investigation into a large cocaine seizure this week at
      Miami International Airport, authorities said yesterday.

      Federal agents temporarily detained and questioned the two officers at the
      airport Monday after seizing about 90 pounds of cocaine that was inside a
      piece of luggage, law enforcement sources said.


      The men, identified by D.C. police officials as Officer Thomas K.
      Stephenson, 51, a 20-year member of the force, and Lt. Wayne Stevenson, 48,
      a 22-year member, were released after being questioned. No criminal charges
      were filed.

      D.C. police spokesman Sgt. Joe Gentile confirmed that the officers were on
      administrative leave with pay, but he said he could not give further details
      about the incident.

      The officers had just landed at the airport on a flight from the South
      American country of Guyana when the drugs were seized, other law enforcement
      sources said.

      Stephenson, who works as an undercover detective in the 7th District, said
      yesterday that he had done nothing wrong.

      "Isn't it possible they got the wrong person, that they made the wrong
      move?" he said in a brief telephone interview. "They got the wrong person."

      Stephenson declined to comment further and said he would have his attorney
      call to answer questions. The attorney did not call.

      Stevenson, who works as a supervisor of detectives in the 6th District,
      could not be reached for comment and did not return a phone message left at
      his home.

      The purpose of the officers' trip to Guyana was unclear. The two are
      involved in a business that trains Guyana police officers, according to a
      statement posted in March on the Guyana Government Information Agency Web
      site.

      Zachary Mann, spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Miami,
      declined to comment.

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