Strickland Confident How Patrol Handled Sting Outside His Mansion

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A call for an investigation came Thursday as Gov. Ted Strickland said he was comfortable with the way the Ohio State Highway Patrol tipped off a drug suspect about a sting that was to take place outside the Governor's Mansion.

An investigative report from the patrol that was obtained by 10 Investigates revealed that troopers thought a woman was going to drop off drugs at the mansion so that inmates who work there could ferry them into prison.

The woman, Angela Brofford, denied that she was going to make the drop. 

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According to the report, patrol investigators thought that Brofford was going to make the drop, which troopers believed would have been a felony.

A plan was put in place to arrest Brofford in the act but, at the last minute, Ohio Public Safety Director Cathy Collins-Taylor decided to warn Brofford and tell her not to carry through with the plan, 10 Investigates' Paul Aker reported.

"(Troopers) said, 'This is your lucky ticket,'" Brofford said.

Strickland cautioned on Thursday that it was possible the plan was not really about drugs, but maybe cigarettes.

"I don't think we need to assume they were talking about illegal drugs," Strickland said.

The investigative report said it involved drugs and Brofford said investigators told her that when they warned her.

Strickland said that he was aware of what was occurring but declined to give investigators direction about to handle the situation because it was a law enforcement matter. He also said he was "absolutely confident" that no one on his staff directed Collins-Taylor to stop the operation.

Late Thursday, the chairman of the Senate Criminal Justice Committee, state Sen. Timothy Grendell, asked the Inspector General to investigate, Aker reported.

According to Strickland, no one at any level should face any scrutiny.

10 Investigates requested interviews with the directors of the Ohio Department of Public Safety and the Ohio Department of Corrections, but they declined.  Instead, they were willing to put spokespeople on air.

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