'No Holds Barred' Report Expected About Gov. Residence Incident


A source who knows the contents of a report expected about a canceled drug sting at the Governor's Residence said it will be "honest" and "no holds barred," 10 Investigates reported Wednesday.

Ohio Inspector General Thomas Charles was expected to release the report on Thursday morning.

10 Investigates was the first to report that high-ranking state officials canceled January's planned sting that was to stop what investigators believed was a drug drop for inmates from the Pickaway Correctional Institution.

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Sources told 10 Investigates' Paul Aker that the report focuses, at least in part, about how Ohio Public Safety Director Cathy Collins-Taylor decided to scale back the operation.

The report will focus on whether canceling the planned sting was proper, Aker reported.

An e-mail previously obtained by 10 Investigates revealed that Collins-Taylor was interested in a scaled back operation to avoid "embarrassment to the boss," Gov. Ted Strickland.

Charles' investigators probed the credibility of Ohio State Highway Patrol Col. David Dicken, who testified before a Senate hearing that the decision to call the sting off was about "officer safety."

"We thought it was a gross violation of officer safety practices," Dicken said.

The report will not determine whether the sting actually involved drugs or tobacco.

Public Safety officials said that after 10 Investigates' original reports, tobacco was to be exchanged at the residence, and not drugs.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol said that drugs were at the center of the sting operation.

A source told 10 Investigates that we will never know whether drugs or tobacco were involved, but said there was no doubt everyone knew it was illegal contraband.

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March 24, 2010:  Senate Hearings Continue On Canceled Drug Sting At Gov's Residence
March 22, 2010: Canceled Hearings On Drug Sting Will Continue
March 17, 2010: E-Mails Show Drug Sting May Have Been Stopped For Political Reasons
February 24, 2010: Cover Up Allegations Follow Canceled Drug Sting
February 23, 2010:  Concerns Linger About Alcohol, Inmates Inside Governor's Residence
February 17, 2010:  10 Investigates' Probe Prompts Senate Hearing
February 2, 2010:   Patrol Changes Investigation Involving Major 
February 1, 2010:   Ex-Colonel Wants Investigation Into Alleged Gov. Residence Plot
January 29, 2010:   Ohio Highway Patrol Official Ousted Over Alleged Gov. Residence Plot
January 28, 2010:   Strickland Confident How Patrol Handled Sting Outside His Mansion
January 27, 2010:   Woman At Center Of Alleged Drug Deal Governor's Mansion Explains Ordeal
January 26, 2010:   Patrol Tips Off Woman Suspected In Drug Deal At Governor's Mansion