It may be a typical murder scenario: someone from the police department identifies a confidential informant, who is quickly driven out-of-town, and shot dead. But the bumbling cover-ups and cracking blue wall of silence is, indeed, extraordinary- even for Las Vegas. And it has haunted all of Clark County, Nevada- inside and outside of law enforcement circles- for many years.
Former Lt. John Alamshaw, former Sgt. Al Cervantes, former Lt. Ted Snodgrass, former Lt. Lew Roberts, Sgt. James (Tom) Melton, Lt. Clinton Nichols, Cpt. Patrick Neville, former Asst. Sheriff Anthony Lozich, Asst. Sheriff Theodore Moody, former Asst. Sheriff Raymond Flynn, Undersheriff James Dixon, Deputy Chief James Owens, Sheriff Douglas Gillespie, former Sheriff Bill Young, former Asst. Sheriff Michael McClary, former Undersheriff Rod Jett, former Deputy Chief Dennis Cobb, Asst. Sheriff of Lincoln County Gary Davis, Lincoln County DA, Special Agent Lawrence Wenco, Special Agent Richard Beasley, Special Agent Doug Fantauzzi, former Corrections Officer Gregory Naglich, Corrections Officer Kevin Strobeck, and about fifteen various other Detectives in the LVMPD Robbery/Homicide Bureau.
Unlike the Vegas slogan, the matter is no longer staying in Las Vegas. Sources reveal that recent reassignments at the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., have been accompanied with the direction to focus on the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.
I know this case, well "The Alamo Murder Case." Det. Gordon Martines, was the Homicide Detective working on this case and uncovered the murder occurred by the giving out info of a registered narcotics informant by LVMPD Narcotics Division to a group of Perps that assassinated him. He had apparently become a liability to the corruption of a few Narco Det. Everything was done by the police administration to block Det. Martines' Investigation by the LVMPD Administration, particularly the Chief Gillespie. They ransacked his office and stole the file and evidence and then started on a course to persecute Martines for doing his job. He's one of the finest Detectives I know and thorough to a fault. Read the story in the Las Vagas Tribune, it's true, not speculation. They even threatened the life of Det. Martines if he didn't shut up about the Alamo Murder execution.
I have known Det Martines for 35 years. He is as honest as they come. Unfortunately Metro is not.
Every comment made aboout this case is true.
I met Detetive Gordon Martines just after he'd completed his probationary period iwith the Hermosa Beach Beach Police Department in the 1970's. I was a college student majoring in Law Enforcement and I was Partnered with Gordy on many ride-alongs. On one occasion we pulled pulled over a speeder on Aviation Blvd. and it turned out to be a member of the "Southbay Burg Team" a co-op of detectives from five or six beach city police departments. We, the cities were getting hit hard by criminals pulling burglary and auto thefts and this is what prompted the combined jurisdictional force. The Detective said he was "on a Tag" and we let him go after he stuck his badge out of the window of the car. We get back to the station and get called in by the watch Sgt. "Dad" Finley at the time who informed us that the Chief of Manhattan Beach Police Department called and was mad that a Hermosa unit had gone code three through his city. Well this started an IAB complaint that robbed Gordy out of 3 months pay and a suspension, because we couldn't provide the name and unit of the Detective that we made the "t" stop on. Months later Gordy ran into him and he came in and cleared Gordy's record. It was shortly after that occurred that Gordy Left us and went to LVMPD. I never understood this at the time officers were making $1266.00 per month in Hermosa Beach, CA. and Vegas was paying $777.00 or close to that. Gordy left on principle, because he wasn't taken at his word even though he was backed by a civilian ride along. With a clean record we lost a top cop. It was a sad day for California Law Enforcement in my eyes. I never wanted to be more than he was. I looked up to him as an example of what good law enforcement was all about. We've kept in touch all these years and the only time I got to see him is when he came down here to do his taxes and eat at Tito's Tacos or when I came up north to see him. I became an Investigator because of his example. To see what his dedication to LVMPD has cost him is grossly disturbing to me, but to see him stand up for himself and the Law, makes me a blessed one by his example. My greatest hope is that the LVMPD Administration gets what it deserves in Federal Jurisprudence. They've threatened his life, tried to tarnish his reputation and made him extremely ill over this. I fear for his safety with every breathe I take. Pray for him, support him, for the sake of all men and women who are honest cops and risk their lives on a daily basis for us. Use this case as an example on how you enforce the law and what it means to all of us who believe and trust in you, the line officers and the Detectives. Keep up with the law changes and public policys, AND NEVER FORGET THAT THE LAW APPLIES TO ALL!
Former Officer Gregory Naglich is as crooked and deceiving as they come! HE IS FINALLY GOING TO GET WHAT HE DESERVES! LOCK HIM UP!
Because of some officers the whole department is facing distrust of general public. They fear the hooligans but police and officials are no more than punks these days, because corruption has taken them over.
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