Cop Who Busted Columbia Drug Ring Gets Busted for Own Illegal Gambling Ring

This one comes from the “So Ironic It Hurts” Department…

I’m sure you all remember Operation Ivy League, the “Columbia Five,” and MISSION: Hmm, It Appears that the D.A.R.E. Program Was Not Too Effective After All. (Okay, I may have made up that last one.)

Well, it turns out that one of the detectives central to the case, 46-year-old Richard Palase, was recently arrested for running a covert gambling operation that took in 6,000 smackers a day. The Columbia Spectator provides us with this hilarious gem:

Around this time last year, Palase…was so convincingly shady as an undercover cop that he got the downtown drug suppliers of the Columbia Five to confide to Palase a plot to kidnap a rival drug dealer.

Now we know where that shadiness came from.

I guess the moral of the story is “Check yo’self before you wreck yo’self,” or maybe “Don’t screw with Columbia.” I’m not really sure … I’m too busy laughing hysterically.