Broward County School District Employee Pleads Guilty To Obstructing Drug Investigation
A Broward County School District employee has pled guilty to obstructing a drug investigation.
Benjamin G. Greenberg, Acting U.S. 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, pled guilty today before U.S. Magistrate Judge David Lee Brannon in West Palm, Florida, to the one-count Indictment charging her with obstructing an official proceeding, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1512(c)(2). Session faces a statutory maximum term of 20 years’ imprisonment 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. Greenberg 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.