Woman At Center Of Alleged Drug Deal At Governor's Mansion Explains Ordeal


The woman who was informed by an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper that she was under investigation for a drug deal told 10 Investigates on Wednesday that she was told she was getting a "lucky ticket."

Troopers were prepared to break up a drug deal involving inmates who were working at the Governor's Mansion in Bexley, but a sting operation to nab the parties involved never transpired, 10 Investigates reported.

In an exclusive interview with 10 Investigates' Paul Aker, Angela Brofford said that she does not know where the Governor's Mansion is located.

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State troopers thought Brofford's husband, an inmate at the Pickaway Correction Center, was planning to have the woman drop off drugs outside Gov. Ted Strickland's residence.

Brofford denied knowing anything about the deal, but the Ohio State Highway Patrol believed something different.  10 Investigates has learned that the Patrol had a letter from Brofford that instructed her to drop off what investigators believed were drugs, so other inmates could smuggle them into prison.

Troopers had Brofford under investigation and were planning to arrest her in the act, but things changed, Aker reported.

"I had some officer come up to me at the job interview, telling me not to do something my husband was asking me to do," Brofford said.

According to Brofford, she was in the parking lot when a patrol officer came up to her and told her that if she went through with the drop, they would arrest her.

"(Troopers said) they are giving me a lucky ticket," Brofford said.

Ohio Public Safety Director Cathy Collins-Taylor made the decision to warn Brofford, 10 Investigates confirmed.  The state agency said that it was a crime prevention strategy but it was a strategy that even Brofford thought was odd.

"I said, "If I was going to do it.  Why wouldn't you arrest me?'" Brofford said.  "(The trooper) said, 'Well, that's the reason we're giving you this lucky ticket.'"

An Ohio State Highway Patrol spokeswoman said that they alerted Brofford because of the unique safety concerns at the Governor's Mansion.  Still, several law enforcement experts told Aker that tipping off a drug suspect is unheard of.

Whether the technique is common or not, Strickland knew about the situation but left it to the Ohio State Highway Patrol to handle, his spokeswoman said.  She added that crime prevention is a common police practice.

Brofford is walking free from a crime she said she was never going to commit and one police were never going to let her commit.

"It blew my mind," Brofford said.

According to Brofford, the Ohio Department of Corrections has now put her husband in segregation and has refused to allow her to visit him or any of her other relatives currently serving time.

A patrol spokeswoman disputes Brofford's version of the conversation with troopers. She also say it is common department of corrections practice to intervene in a drug deal.

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