"Down Cop" James Wren Sentenced to 1.5 Years; Made Plans to be "Dirty" Before Becoming Officer

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James Wren

Former Phoenix police officer James Wren was sentenced to 1.5 years in prison today for ripping off drug dealers while on the job.


Valley Fever reported details of the crimes after Wren was busted in June. The officer, who's dad was also a cop, and an accomplice had conspired to target drug dealers who were about to make big purchases. On two occasions, Wren's buddy set up the deals and had Wren intercept the dealers in his squad car while they still had the dough.


We've since obtained the police report, which contains a fascinating tidbit about the case:


Wren joined the Phoenix Police Department with the intention of being "dirty."


  

The accomplice, Avash Mardjaee, was introduced to Wren in 2008 by a mutual acquaintance while Wren worked at the Discount Tire on 32nd Street and Cactus Road.

"Avash was told (Wren) was becoming a cop," the report states. "Some time goes by, and Avash explained he was told he was going to be a 'down cop.'

"Avash asked what this meant, and it was explained to him that he's down to 'do shit,'" the report says.

Avash and Wren later met at a Home Depot to chat and comfortable with each other. Wren was wearing street clothes.

"Through their first meeting, it was known to Avash that James was a 'dirty cop,'" the report says.

At a second meeting, Wren appeared in full uniform. Plans for the ripoffs were discussed further.

Avondale police later used Avash as a confidential informant, and he spilled the beans on Wren after being asked if he knew about any police corruption, the report says.

Wren and Avash set up two deals in 2008 in which Wren made traffic stops and stole boxes of cash from the driver. They split up the proceeds, with Wren earning $16,000 on the first deal and $20,000 on the second. 

A year and a half went by with no contact between the men, and then Avash called Wren about a "big one" he wanted to pull off. Arrangements were made for Wren to locate and pull over another dealer. On June 10, Wren stopped the car he knew contained another box of cash.

He walked up to the vehicle and spoke briefly with the driver, who told Wren he didn't English. Wren had a gut feeling that the guy was an undercover officer.

"I was, my stomach is still turning, and that's how it was at the stop," Wren later confessed to police. "I was like, this is fucking wrong. This isn't right. I said, to be honest with you, when I contacted the officer, right away, I knew, I was like, 'This is a fucked-up situation.'"

Wren was asked why he thought the man was an officer.

"Because he didn't look like a chud," Wren replied.

Wren's suspicions at the scene were confirmed when he ran the car's vehicle identification number. The computer came back with the company name "that we use for unmarked vehicles."

He asked the driver what was going on, but the undercover officer wouldn't break character. Wren told the driver to take off.

Under surveillance by numerous officers and a helicopter at that point, a freaked-out Wren sped back to Phoenix PD's Estrella Mountain Precinct at 2111 South 99th Avenue and was seen walking in the building. One of the officers tailing Wren drove into the precinct's back lot, where Wren was sitting on a picnic table talking on a cell phone. The officer parked the car and got out when he saw Wren walking toward him.

The tension both of these officers felt at this point must have been thick enough to cut with a knife.

"Hey, Dave, what are you doing here?" Wren asked the officer.
"I greeted Wren as I would any other acquaintance in hopes of downplaying my purpose for being there until my squad was in place to support me," the officer wrote in his report.

The officer chatted to Wren for a minute "about a variety of topics in attempt to keep him occupied until support arrived. Wren was obviously very nervous, was constantly looking around the parking lot, and frequently during conversation would stop talking mid-sentence and stare at me, losing his train of thought."

The officer told Wren he was just there to work out. Wren began complaining that he'd pulled over an undercover officer, but the man had refused to admit he was a cop.

"It's bullshit," Wren fumed. "I know that guy was a cop. I told him I knew he was a cop and he still acted like a Mexican."

Officer "Dave" told him to relax, but Wren seemed to only grow more nervous.

"I noticed Wren constantly kept his hand on his gun while he talked," the officer later wrote. "Wren had his hand wrapped around the grip of his gun, as if he were preapring to draw the weapon from the holster."

Wren asked "Dave" why another officer had parked at the other end of the lot. He was probably there to work out, too, the officer explained.

"Dave, dave, man, why does (the officer) have his rifle out?" Wren asked.

"I told Wren, 'You know why. Don't move. Don't make me do anything here,'" the officer wrote in his report. "Wren responded, 'Dave, Dave, man, seriously? No, no, please don't. Please, you know my family, Dave. Don't do this, please! I knew it!"

Wren was taken into custody without any problems.

From the sound of it, though, the sting could have gone south at several points if Wren had lost his cool.

Taking "down cops" off the street is a dangerous business.



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28 comments
concernedparent
concernedparent

a lot less funny is the fact that after disgracing an occupation we teach our children to hold in the highest regard and level of trust, he's now a coach and Board member of Shadow Mtn Little League.  you'd think his mother-in-law was the president or something - oh, wait ... she is

secure
secure

Really funny he has not left town, given the people he pissed off.

214-51-350

bb6h22lude4
bb6h22lude4

i went to high school with Jim. douche bag beat his pregnant wife and also pushed her out of a moving car. prick!

Rogerthat
Rogerthat

You're an idiot i went to school with him and thats not true. Its funny how everyone believes everything they hear. Thanks for your input you uneducated punk.

Guest
Guest

You people do realize real life is not like the movie's, right? Not every cop is "down" or "on the take". That's a sterotypical generalization like saying every hispanic person is illegal or every black person is on welfare. Sure there are "bad" cops, just like there are "bad" cab drivers, "bad" doctors, "bad" carpenters etc. Anyone here get the point?

OG
OG

Mike Yevtuck the God of the hells angels never said this . Mike yevtuck is not prejudice this comment was most likly some hells angel or A MAN THat dates hells angels since ALL THE usA hELLS ANGELS ARE COWARDS.

botanybay
botanybay

1.5 years for armed robbery is a bit "light" of a sentence, especially under the color of authority. So it's basically OK so long as you're robbing the right people. Right?

Guest
Guest

Actually if it was anybody else beside a cop they would have gotten probation but since he was a cop, he got jail time. The normal jail time for something like this is 1.5 - 2 years, so it's not a "light" sentence at all.

botanybay
botanybay

A cop, robbing drug dealers under the color of authority (meaning a badge AND a gun are involved), is worse than breaking into your next door neighbor's garage plantation and stealing his weed harvest.

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Guest
Guest

Yeah...that's what I said, just used different verbiage, and that's why he got jail time and not probation.

Skske
Skske

what the heck does CHUD mean? Was this on the news at all? I dont remember seeing anything about this.

Ray Stern
Ray Stern

I don't think most of this info has been published anywhere else. Googling "chud," it doesn't seem to have a racial connotation, but it's unclear how Wren meant it.

Samkree
Samkree

who will get u more nervous? 2 drug dealers or 1 dishonest P.O

Phoenix Florist
Phoenix Florist

I'm glad he's off the street. Joining the police force to become a criminal is one of the strangest things I have ever heard.

Marcy
Marcy

Cops, for the most part, are barely civilized thugs.

There are a lot of Wrens out there, including some cops who really don't think they are like Wren.

Mike Yevtuck
Mike Yevtuck

he is more proof that you cant trust any man who is clean cut with short hair. they use that clean cut look to hide the evil that lurks inside their souls.

Sam
Sam

Seems like Mike Yevtuck the God of the hells angels has alot of hells angels that like to use his name.

Mike Yevtuck pisses on 81
Mike Yevtuck pisses on 81

The USA hells angels obsession with Mike Yevtuck belies a certain unnatural fixation.The hells angels all want to be tough and hot looking like Mike yevtuck but the hells angels could never have the Body because they are to lazy and they will never have the heart to stand for what is rightous.

hells angels wanted to be Mike yevtuck but they were not born with the heart of a lion instead they were born with hearts of weasles, wood peckers,pigeons ,rats

USa hells angels Pee wee rounded out just a pig . Dave burgess child porn convict leader ,chuck Zito the great pretender, lofranco leader of NJ rat pack , George christie presidental wow talk about crazzy LOL , ray rat foakes etc are just freaks in a flock of freaks

I guess that is why hells angels will alway live in the shadow of Mike Yevtuck .

Mike Yevtuck is real . look at all these cowards of the hells angels pretening to be Mike Yevtuck God of the hells angels. its safe online hells angels will never talk like that in person to their God Mike.

Mike Yevtuck
Mike Yevtuck

there is a website called COPS GONE BAD. and there more corrupt cops out there than you would believe. they do it all crime wise. im starting to think cops are way worse than the bad guys they chase and go after.

Mike Yevtuck pisses on 81
Mike Yevtuck pisses on 81

The USA hells angels obsession with Mike Yevtuck belies a certain unnatural fixation.The hells angels all want to be tough and hot looking like Mike yevtuck but the hells angels could never have the Body because they are to lazy and they will never have the heart to stand for what is rightous.

hells angels wanted to be Mike yevtuck but they were not born with the heart of a lion instead they were born with hearts of weasles, wood peckers,pigeons ,rats

USa hells angels Pee wee rounded out just a pig . Dave burgess child porn convict leader ,chuck Zito the great pretender, lofranco leader of NJ rat pack , George christie presidental wow talk about crazzy LOL , ray rat foakes etc are just freaks in a flock of freaks

I guess that is why hells angels will alway live in the shadow of Mike Yevtuck .

Mike Yevtuck is real . look at all these cowards of the hells angels pretening to be Mike Yevtuck God of the hells angels. its safe online hells angels will never talk like that in person to their God Mike.

OG
OG

Mike Yevtuck the God of the hells angels never said this . Mike yevtuck is not prejudice this comment was most likly some hells angel or A MAN THat dates hells angels since ALL THE usA hELLS ANGELS ARE COWARDS.

This is what happens when you smack around Chuck Zito and Sonny barger the revenge of the hells angels

Mike Yevtuck
Mike Yevtuck

did anybody warn this short haired yuppie geek cry baby corrupt rip off cop that prison is not a safe place to be if your a cop or an ex cop? he will be lucky if he doesn't get beat or stabbed to death by a cop hater convict as most convicts hate cops,rats and cho-mo child molesters. he might have to do his time in ad seg a place for pussies rapos, homos, snitches, and cho mos. i dont really think he is gonna be able to walk the main line and yard with the rest in the joint he will be at. if he does he wont last long.

Joelzwilliams
Joelzwilliams

"I knew he was a cop...but he still acted like a Mexican", So in the wake of SB1070 do we need further proof that police in Phoenix target people based on ethnicity?

Marcy
Marcy

He also said he "knew" he wasn't a "chud". Nice cop talk there.

Sfhjj
Sfhjj

Nice work by "Dave" effectuating the arrest without incident.

I wonder, however, if the bust was to get rid of a crooked cop, or a cop that was making life tough for the other crooked cops.

When cops start stealing tens of thousands of dollars during routine traffic stops, drug dealers will no longer let there be "routine" stops. Instead they will shoot their way out, putting officers at risk.

This, I suspect, is why the arrest went down. If I'm wrong, then I'm sure we'll start reading about more exploits by Dave. If I'm right, then we won't.

You're move PD.

Mike Yevtuck pisses on 81
Mike Yevtuck pisses on 81

The USA hells angels obsession with Mike Yevtuck belies a certain unnatural fixation.The hells angels all want to be tough and hot looking like Mike yevtuck but the hells angels could never have the Body because they are to lazy and they will never have the heart to stand for what is rightous.

hells angels wanted to be Mike yevtuck but they were not born with the heart of a lion instead they were born with hearts of weasles, wood peckers,pigeons ,rats

USa hells angels Pee wee rounded out just a pig . Dave burgess child porn convict leader ,chuck Zito the great pretender, lofranco leader of NJ rat pack , George christie presidental wow talk about crazzy LOL , ray rat foakes etc are just freaks in a flock of freaks

I guess that is why hells angels will alway live in the shadow of Mike Yevtuck .

Mike Yevtuck is real . look at all these cowards of the hells angels pretening to be Mike Yevtuck God of the hells angels. its safe online hells angels will never talk like that in person to their God Mike.

Max Fischer
Max Fischer

Phx isn't exactly Chicago or NY where there is tons of corruption. They sure as hell have their problems, but let's not overdo it. If things were that shady, we would have NEVER heard about this case. It's not helping them that they are still not telling what the hell happened to Sgt. Drenth, but maybe they will share with the class eventually.

Lastly, the word is 'Your' not 'you're'

Dfhgfh
Dfhgfh

LOL - Imagine a world where in addition to lying to cover-up a crooked police force, one also gets all bent out of shape over a errant spelling on an uneditable IBB.

The horror!

You're a joke and you have no credibility.

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