The Eye received this letter from Erika Bryan whose husband, Shaun Bryan, was at the center of an FBI investigation. During the investigation some claim that the FBI lied and falsified factual information and refused to obtain legitimate and bona-fide evidence that would have cleared former Albuquerque Police Officer, Brad Ahrensfeld, who was charged and prosecuted during the investigation.
As you read through Ms. Bryan’ letter, it alludes that this entire event was a result of political corruption within the City of Albuquerque. Ms. Bryan Claims that the “11th floor” did not want Darren White to become Chief Public Safety Officer. Most commonly, the “11th floor” is known as the Mayor’s Office. The Mayor at that time was Martin J. Chavez, who ran unsuccessfully against current Mayor Berry after filing a law suit that allowed him to run for a third term. Ms. Bryan also claims that two APD officers also played an intricate part in this fiasco.
The information below references “SID.” The acronym SID stands for Special Investigation Division. SID is a division that is part of APD.
The letter also suggests that Chief Ray Schultz had knowledge about this fiasco. After the fact, we can see that nothing was done by Schultz to investigate this matter appropriately.
Below is Erika Bryan’s letter:
As a citizen of this great city, a mom, wife, charity organizer, business owner this is the story of the facts so many of you want to know so here we go. On Sept 23, 2009, sixteen Federal agents showed up at our family business with a blank unsigned search warrant. Along with the illegal warrant two FBI agents, SA Drew Mcandless, and SA Marcus Washington sat in my husband’s office “while the rest waited outside” and told me and my husband that they had our mechanic on video “smuggling kilos of cocaine” using our inventory at our dealership to commit these crimes. At the time our business handled the SID “New Systems” (shell company name) contract in which we bought and serviced the SID cars. Immediately red flags went up. How could this be happening not only under our eyes but also under APDs eyes since we did the service for numerous undercover officers daily? Little did we know the FBI is allowed to tell you any lie they chose, and play by their own rules. Needless to say there was no video or drugs and in the course of Brads trial they admitted that this was a “rouge” and they lied in the name of justice.
That point aside the reason I write to the EYE today is not to discuss the gross misconduct of the US government in the way they set our family business up or the MANY ways that they tried and continue to try to ruin Brad Ahrensfelds life, I write today to discuss text messages.
Kathy, Darren Whites now-wife at the time this nightmare began was a close friend of mine. As soon as this nightmare began ” Kat” began texting me and updating me as to what was going on and being said. As best as I can recall, in the hundreds of texts that exist, kat tells the story as to what really happened to us and by proxy Brad. From the beginning she started sending that Darren was infuriated and was going to get to the bottom of what was going on. Quickly the nature of the texts changed from being upset to naming names. … starting with Chris Bakkus. Darren had found out that Chris was involved and according to Darren was openly bragging how he had set this whole thing up. Next in line was Ryan Buckner. As many of you know our home in a gated community in broad daylight was burglarized two weeks before this started, according to the texts from Darrens wife, Buckner was involved and was running surveillance on my family at that time and was involved in the invasion of our home. The texts also say Bakkus and Buckner were getting orders from the 11th floor to get to Darren before the upcoming election. The texts indicate that by setting US up, Darren would have political mud on him and not become the Chief of Public Safety. Kat repeatedly texted how Darren was going to take these guys down and they were going to pay for what they did and he and Ray would make things right. All the while Darren thought we were getting the correct information about the events surrounding this madness through our private investigator. To the best of my knowledge, Darren had no idea Kat was sending us the play by play of everything she knew and overheard. We were told by Darren to stay quiet and he would “RIGHT THE WRONG” and clear Brads name and ours. This went on from the beginning to exactly two days before the trial when Darren called Shawn and reiterated what he had said for months… that he knew he was target and to stay quiet because he would make it right at trial. Darren did not make it right. He made it worse. He said nothing.
After Darren played politics in Brads first trial and all but cut his throat and ours my husband met with the FBI and repeatedly told them to access my phone records and they would have the truth to this whole mess, but sadly they only wanted to have him give them information to prosecute Brad with and even told him “give us info on Brad and we will look into the phone records.” When my husband told them there was no info to give on Brad because he was innocent , that meeting was over and needless to say they never contacted me to obtain these records. So, here I am sharing the tangible truth they refuse to acknowledge that would exonerate Brad. Phone records can be produced “with proper warrants “ and would expose everything and clear Brad and hold the guilty accountable.
Thank you EYE readers for the support you have given to Brad, and to getting to the bottom of this mess. - Erika Bryan.
The Eye would like to thank Ms. Bryan for providing this letter. This letter may clear up some issues but Brad Ahrensfeld’s fate still lies in the hands of the courts. Based on this new information, an ombudsman needs to investigate this matter. This requires a Congressional investigation that should have absolutely no mercy on the offending person or parties. Also, one may see why all the local media has their tails between their legs.
The Piercing Truth
This is right from the dictionary and seems to describe Albuquerque, Berry and Schultz. Fascism (f ash ,izem) noun An authoritarian right wing system of government and/or social organization. (in general use) extreme right wing, authoritarian, chauvinistic and/or intolerant views or practices. Fascism tends to include a belief in the supremacy of one group over another, national, ethnic, especially social strata or monetarily; a contempt for democracy, an insistence on obedience to a powerful leader, and a strong demagogic approach. Compliments of one of our Eyes