Broward County School District Employee Charged With Obstructing Drug Investigation
A Broward County School District employee has been charged with obstructing a drug investigation.
Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and George L. Piro, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Miami Field Office, made the announcement.
Porsha Session, 31, of Boynton Beach, Florida, was charged by Indictment with obstructing an official proceeding, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1512(c)(2). If convicted, Session faces a statutory maximum term of 20 years’ imprisonment of 20 and a fine up to $250,000.
According to the indictment, federal, state and local law enforcement agencies were investigating drug trafficking and other criminal offenses in Lauderhill, Florida. Session’s relative was one of the detectives from the Lauderhill Police Department assigned to the Lauderhill investigation. During the course of the Lauderhill investigation, law enforcement, including the defendant’s relative, received information, including details from a confidential informant, regarding individuals involved with drug trafficking, and vehicles used by and telephone numbers associated with, members of the criminal enterprise.
Session obtained information provided to her relative concerning the Lauderhill investigation. Session, while working as an employee of the Broward County School District, then made a series of telephone calls to a target of the drug trafficking investigation and warned the individual that he/she and other persons were being monitored by law enforcement. Session also warned the target that an inside source, an informant, was providing details of the criminal enterprise to law enforcement. As a result of Session’s disclosure, the target changed his/her telephone number in an attempt to avoid detection by law enforcement and the confidential informant was moved for his/her safety.
Mr. Ferrer commended the FBI, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, Drug Enforcement Administration, Lauderhill Police Department, and Sunrise Police Department for their investigative assistance with this matter. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey N. Kaplan.
An indictment is a formal charging document notifying the defendant of the criminal charges. All persons charged in an indictment are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida at www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.