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Boston Police Detective sentenced for obstructing gang investigation

By David Amoruso

Talk about a pissing contest! A Boston Police detective was sentenced last week in connection with a conspiracy to obstruct an FBI investigation related to the Academy Homes Street Gang (AHSG), a violent narcotics trafficking gang that operated out of the Academy Homes housing development in Roxbury.

Police detective Brian Smigielski (43) was sentenced to one year of probation and a fine of $5,000.  In September 2015, Smigielski pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States during the course of a federal investigation.

Smigielski didn’t start out as a bad cop. Matter of fact he was the lead investigator of a joint investigation into the AHSG by the FBI and Boston Police Department. This operation began in early 2009, but by the end of the year Smigielski became upset after he was ordered to turn over the investigation to the FBI and other Boston Police Department units.

After that, he made a drastic switch and, in 2010 and 2011, conspired with a fellow Boston Police Department officer and AHSG gang members to impede the FBI in its investigation of AHSG.  Smigielski assisted the AHSG gang members by, among other things, informing the gang members of the FBI’s pending investigation and warning them that their arrests were imminent.

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