Officer Anthony Quinn / photo via Facebook

A former Aliquippa police patrolman is alleging he was fired last year after city leaders discovered he was involved in investigating possible ties between drug rings and city police and elected officials.

In connection, Anthony Quinn told BeaverCountian.com he has been interviewed multiple times by the Pennsylvania State Police and the FBI as part of ongoing probes into public corruption in Beaver County.

“There is no doubt in my mind there are ties between the Aliquippa city government and drug rings, definitely,” Quinn said. “From when I worked there I have seen the evidence.”

Quinn, 26, a native of Seattle, Washington, currently resides in New Castle, where he moved to be with family. Quinn began working as a full-time Aliquippa officer fresh out of the Community College of Beaver County Municipal Police Academy in 2015. He was fired approximately two years later on May 14, 2017.

His termination is the subject of ongoing arbitration hearings, but Quinn said he has no desire to return to Aliquippa’s department.

Quinn is now employed as a part-time patrolman with the police departments in Ohioville, Midland and Chippewa Township, where he said two FBI agents interviewed him most recently last week.

“I was fired (from Aliquippa) after I did a trash pull on a city council member due to suspicions of narcotics activity,” Quinn said. A trash pull is a search of someone’s outside garbage when looking for evidence, and does not require a warrant. Quinn wouldn’t say on the record whether he found anything suspicious.

“I was also investigating a second council member for allegations of official oppression. I would probably say a week or two weeks after that is when I found out they were trying to terminate me.”

Quinn explained the alleged oppression: “There was an incident involving another council member engaged in physical violence and I was ordered to give up the investigation,” he said. “They had the victim come down and settle it cash wise.

“The department had suspects pay off victims with cash instead of filing charges … It was crime of official oppression and official bribery as far as I believe.”

Quinn showed BeaverCountian.com text messages and photographs that appeared to bolster some of his claims.

This site is not naming the individuals involved in Quinn’s accusations because no charges have been filed and his claims could not be independently verified.

Acting Aliquippa Police Chief Robert Sealock on Tuesday said he couldn’t talk about Quinn’s employment status “because that is still an ongoing matter. As for what I think about him as an officer, I can tell you that I still say hi to him and chat with him whenever I see him.”

Sealock said he was also unable to comment on any of Quinn’s department allegations.

Sealock is Aliquippa’s third chief of police since June 6. He was appointed acting chief on June 9 following the suspension of former Assistant Chief Joseph Perciavalle, who county detectives charged with sending an obscene text message to an underage female. Sources said the girl is involved in the May 13 Rachael DelTondo murder investigation, and is the daughter of police Sgt. Kenneth Watkins, who was placed on administrative leave in the wake of the murder.

Perciavalle’s appointment followed the paid administrative leave of former Police Chief Don Couch because council said it had knowledge he was a subject in a state police investigation. The scope of that investigation has not been publicly discussed.

Sealock said he has heard of federal involvement in the city.

“I have heard about an ongoing investigation by the FBI, but I have not been contacted by them directly,” he said. “There were rumors around the department about internal investigations into (Aliquippa police officers) and members of city council, but I can not talk about specifics.”

Officially, Quinn said the department came up with a list of “policy violations” dating as far back as one and a half years to use as cause to fire him.

“They alleged I left a car with a half a tank of gas and didn’t fill it up at the end of my shift, complained about my personal appearance, how I was dressed.”

Quinn claimed the dated violations were nothing but a pretext to fire him because he was getting closer to arresting city officials.

“They claimed I couldn’t work harmoniously with the (Beaver County) District Attorney’s Office,” Quinn said. “That part is true. No good officer in Beaver County can work well with District Attorney David Lozier. Ask the Pennsylvania State Police about that, they’ll tell you the same thing.”

In October 2017, BeaverCountian.com published an interview with then state police Lt. Eric Hermick who accused Lozier of publicly making “false” claims about an active shooter incident involving state police.

Lozier had been seeking a budget increase in part to fund equipment for a county SWAT team, and blamed poor state police response. Hermick disputed the response time, and went on to question the need for the county to duplicate free state police services.

In March of 2016, Lozier told BeaverCountian.com he had “fired” the state police from conducting an “unauthorized” public corruption investigation of Beaver County Treasurer Connie Javens.

“The Pennsylvania State Police are not allowed to investigate anything involving the courthouse without my written approval,” Lozier said at the time. “I have not and will not be referring these matters to them.”

Individuals subsequently interviewed by state police as part of their corruption probe have been told it was a mistake by them to drop that investigation. They include county Commissioner Sandie Egley and former county financial administrator Ricardo Luchow, who said they’ve been told by state police their investigation has been reopened.

Lozier replied to Quinn’s accusations Tuesday in a written statement. “Your informant left both the Aliquippa PD and my (Anti Drug Task Force) without positive job recommendations. I suspect he may have an ax to grind so his bias should be made clear,” he wrote of Quinn.

Quinn also alleges that Lozier has bias as well, and employs the girlfriend of Couch’s son as a secretary with the county Drug Taskforce. “They actually bring her along when they conduct search warrants to document everything.”

Lozier’s statement provided a lengthy defense of the woman’s employment and qualifications.

Lozier wrote in part, “No hard working college graduate should be painted with your ugly conspiracy brush because of who her boyfriend’s father might be, especially when the boyfriend’s father is a respected police officer, not charged with any offense, in a country where all are presumed innocent until proven otherwise.”

Quinn did not hold back in further accusations against his former department.

“The Aliquippa police protect drug dealers,” he alleged. “They ordered me not to issue a search warrant against certain people, not to file charges even in cases where I confiscated drugs from people.”

Quinn said individuals in his chain of command would tell him certain drug dealers in town were working as confidential informants for the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office and should not be bothered.

“The attorney general’s office confirmed to me those people were never confidential informants like the department claimed,” Quinn said.

BeaverCountian.com independently verified from other sources Quinn’s claim that he has been cooperating with state and federal agents.

Also, Brighton Township barracks state police Station Commander Sgt. Amanda C. Selden previously indirectly confirmed to BeaverCountian.com the existence of active, ongoing investigations into Aliquippa police.

However, FBI Pittsburgh Public Affairs Officer Catherine Policicchio when contacted Tuesday would only say, “We do not confirm or deny the existence of any investigation.”

Quinn said the FBI questioned him about missing reports involving drug arrests of city officials’ relatives. “I told them everything,” he said.

“If you arrest the wrong person, the potential of you getting messed with is high in that department,” Quinn said. “There are guys in there who are afraid to do their jobs, afraid of arresting certain people because they could be terminated. It is pretty sad.”

Aliquippa Mayor Dwan Walker could not be reached for comment and did not return a detailed message left by BeaverCountian.com.

Anthony Quinn’s assertions are consistent with stories alleging organized crime that Rachael DelTondo told BeaverCountian.com in the months before her murder outside her parents’ Aliquippa home. DelTondo had been a confidential source for this site. Investigators have said they believe DelTondo’s murder was a “crime of passion” and not related to any alleged public corruption. No arrests have been made in the case and no suspects have been publicly named.

Quinn said he realizes how unprecedented it is in Beaver County for an officer to come forward publicly alleging corruption to news media, but he believes major changes need to occur for the betterment of the community.

“The public doesn’t seem very confident in us in Beaver County,” Quinn said. “More officers need to come forward with information about what they see. We need to get politics and corruption out of law enforcement.”

District Attorney David Lozier’s statement to the Beaver Countian in response to requests for comment about the clerk of his Anti-Drug Task Force can be read in its entirety here.

See Also:

District Attorney Lozier: State Police Conducted An “Unauthorized Investigation” Into County Corruption

PA State Police Say District Attorney Lozier Making “False” Claims – Say They Can Ease Burden On County Taxpayers

EXCLUSIVE: State Police And Witnesses Contradict Statements By District Attorney About Ongoing Investigations

Defense Attorney Seeks Sanctions Against District Attorney Lozier Over DelTondo Murder Letter Raid

Aliquippa Police Chief Placed On Administrative Leave – Target Of State Police Investigation

Acting Aliquippa Police Chief Joe Perciavalle Arrested By Beaver County Detectives

City Of Aliquippa Appoints Its Second Acting Police Chief In Less Than A Week

Aliquippa Councilman Accuses City Solicitor Of Misleading The News Media

John Paul
John Paul is the founder of the Beaver Countian. He reports full-time for the site, specializing in investigative journalism with an emphasis on public corruption.

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Just Saying

Well somebody’s son and father few years back got go of beating people outside of a bar in monaca, same son might be suffering from elephantitus of the face and head from taking juice, to get big to ummmm fish and drink beer.

BCShitHole
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BCShitHole

WTH are you trying to say, are you high on heroin you purchased from the police hoodrats when you wrote this or do you just need some education?

Mungo Jerry
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Mungo Jerry

Education is sorely needed all around, at the very least maybe a few folks should employ the marvels of what is known as spellcheck!

Ur all losers
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Ur all losers

Use ur real name u puss. Or have the balls to come say it to my face. Na, ur weak and hide behind a screen smashing shit into ur keyboard because ur a fuckin loser with no life. Man up, grow a set, and come see me. Also, if ur gonna rant about something that happened many yrs ago, atleast state the truth and wat actually happened instead of doig what that bitch john paul does and twist things into ur own dilusional perspective.

DoTell
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DoTell

@ur all losers…
you seem to be the poster boy for beaver county lol.. did you use your families last name as a username for this comment, or is that just a coincidence!?

Five-O
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Five-O

@Ur all losers-And you’re nothing but Monaca white trash! Your father is GOING DOWN! And you know it!

Whiny
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Whiny

Speaking of the band room in Monaca, wonder why Junaks towing in Aliquippa, was used to tow cars out of the lot that didn’t have a permit when A-1 towing (which is right down the street) wasn’t used? Oh that’s right, it’s a private club and the Couch clan called in the improperly parked vehicles. Since Joe Junak has passed, I won’t bring him personally into it. But I know how one hand feeds the other and it goes both ways.

Name:*
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Name:*

What is your real name, cunt?

Christophe Suehr
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Christophe Suehr

Seek help. Maybe some anger management counseling.

ricimer
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ricimer

Lay off the steroids and maybe your balls wont disappear. URALLLOSERS layoff the juice

janice
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janice

who pissed in your wheaties this morning?????

Be a man pal
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Be a man pal

So my friends father being jumped by two black males which lead to everyone in the bandroom to come outside to help him which turned into only me actually being the only one who faught one of the guys now all of a sudden turns into my dad was fighting someone as well? Lol man u really are a loser if u gotta make some shit up like that. U must be one of those pathetic losers who sits at the bandroom all night cause u have a pathetic job and no wife or u just hate ur life in general. Again, if u feel that way towards me and my father than why dont u actually have the nadz to message me and tell me how u really feel? But u wont, because ur soft and simply an inferior being to myself. And that brings joy to myself knowing i wont get a response out of u.

Five-O
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Five-O

STFU asshole!

Whiny
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Whiny

Go hang out at the water fountain or some dive bar in Monaca and talk about high school football in the 90’s. Btw, wasn’t it Couch who caused an uproar when a Monaca native was arrested at a football game and went against Monaca cops??

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You are trash and your dad is trash. Everyone knows that is a fact. You are superior to no one.
You write like a kindergartener.

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Lifeguard

Be a man pal………………Those are mighty big words from someone a chick told me has such a little dick.

Society Is In Trouble
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Society Is In Trouble

Five-O , Donnie has been a punk since his boy band days in high school. His son is a pot head and failed at the “railroad job” because he failed the drug test ! And daddy Donne told everyone because it was for being colored blind, what fucking joke. I hope little Donnie gets drug tested at his new job at Blackhawk ! And Donnie has been on his knees for everyone in his family. His wife at Jimmy D’s office, his worthless son in law at the water authority, and little Donnie’s girl at the district attrorney’s office, yep, daddy Donnie has taken more throat stabbins than Stormy Daniels. Oh and really, DA Lozier, when he had his pig, bovine valve replacement, everyone hoped he never came back and went away peacefully. Well it looks like it may finally happen. Come on, you know he is being investigated, tell the truth.

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@Society-You could have been talking about Ray Rapko with that post! LOL! Did that little half pint Justine pass the Deputy Sheriff test yet? Or is Tiny Tony still covering for his punk ass? Ray……wipe your chin!

Society Is In Trouble
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Society Is In Trouble

Why don’t you go wreck that stolen quad again, and get hurt again ! And I would love to see you take a hair folicle test for drug use, will you pass little “D”, oh wait you were color blind, yeah, that’s the ticket. Color blind from your bong !! see you later Cheech, smoke on

ricimer
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ricimer

You are a friggin degenerate and so is ur old man Aliquippa Monaca is presently a stain on the human race FUCK YOU corrupt scum. I hope ull post this I did try and be as kind as possible JP.

jaacee
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jaacee

????????????

Regicide
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Regicide

“no arrest means civil unrest” is it time to organize a protest twigets?

BCShitHole
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BCShitHole

Officer Quinn, we are happy to have you in Ohioville Twp. But as you know we had a corrupt Police Chief for decades. And when we got a honest officer, who spoke up he was fired. All I am saying is, thank you and keep up the great job, but you also need to watch your back around Beaver County, I always thought there were more good police officers then bad, I have always told my children if they got lost or in trouble to seek out the help of a police officer. But currently, in Beaver County I am not sure who to trust or who would frame them for a crime. The State Police and FBI needs to state putting handcuffs on people, I heard these investigations has been ongoing for 5 years and what has really happen?

sezme
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sezme

maybe there are a lot of honest cops . maybe they got ” the talk” from dealers, politicians, chiefs,whoever.maybe “the talk” was about looking the other way, don’t bust them, don’t INTERFERE with the trade, or bad things will happen to you and /or your family. maybe i’d be tempted to be corrupt, too, if it meant saving my ass. you cannot escape the powers of these dealers over the community, they run it , and everyone is scared of their reach, from high up politicos on down. maybe it’s like the mexiquippian cartels.

wind
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wind

I agree, the good cops have their hands tied when up against this level of corruption.

truepatriot
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truepatriot

I raised my two sons in Ohioville over 40 years ago and I can tell you that this is the absolute truth!

Darryl Ruby
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Darryl Ruby

Corruption and drugs in Aliquippa? No way! Now that the geniuses have dropped that bombshell, how about getting the feds to clean up Aliquippa starting with the police department and council? That would be a headline worth reading about.

Mungo Jerry
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Mungo Jerry

Again Loserier with this “conspiracy” term. It reminds Mungo of some of the commenters here that often loosely throw that word around! Whenever evidence starts appearing that begins to paint an “accurate” depiction of current events loser and others want to scream CONSPIRACY! Well at first youz folks deny it, then of course comes the ridicule, but the funny thing is usually when something walks like a duck….no offense to your posture loser….and quacks like a duck, well guess what? It most likely is a duck. When faced with a mountain of evidence your ridicule will ultimately have to turn to acceptance. Sorry to be the bearer of such bad news and Mungo certainly hopes that no snowflakes have been triggered by such truisms, but like Mungo’s buddy often says…”Sometimes it just be’s that way!” Now the popcorn is almost ready and Mungo believes this whole show is about to start getting reel good….Everyone stay tuned, and keep giving em hell JP. All of this shit would still be hidden without you! Stay safe and Godspeed

weezulgoespop
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weezulgoespop

QUACK,QUACK . . .QUACK.

wind
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wind

He looks so ridiculous, I’m almost embarrassed for him. Well, would be if he weren’t such a snake.

truepatriot
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truepatriot

Barney Fife, perhaps?

wind
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wind

Me thinks a few bible verse spewing, arrogant, hypocritical no-goods are going to meet their comeuppance. I hope that mess can get cleaned up for the sake of the few good people in Aliquippa. As for you, Lozier, your true colors show up over and over and over again. I hope you go to prison too!