Tales of Teele: Sleaze Stories

Male prostitutes and multiple mistresses, drug money in Gucci shopping bags, bribery and extortion conspiracies. And you thought you'd heard it all about Art Teele.

Yeah.

So then -- you drive to TLMC, is that correct?

Right.

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You go inside?

Right.

You didn't go into the office this time, you went to a separate room?

No. Actually, when you first walk in -- have you ever been in the building?

No.

When you first walk in the front door, there is an office right there on your left-hand side and we just called it the conference room. So there's an office right there, right, and Teele was inside the office, and as a matter of fact, Evens, both of us in the office and you can see, look outside and see cars pull up. Evens saw me, and I pulled right up in the front, and when I pulled up in the front, Evens came, you know, out of the office, right, and I waved, didn't even speak to --

You said when you came in, Evens and Art were in the conference room?

Right.

Evens comes out?

Right.

And I think you started to say you waved at Teele?

I waved, like I just spoke to him, I waved at him.

But you didn't go up and talk to him?

No, I never talked.

What happened?

I went to my pocket, I gave Evens the money I had, and that was what I had in the rubber bands, you know, gave it to him, said a couple of words to Evens, whatever it was.

Did Teele see that, if you know?

Yeah. He was right -- if you see the office, all that is glass, you know.

So you did it in front of Teele openly?

Yeah.

So you give Evens the money, then what?

Then I left.

We just took a short break to let Mr. Adderly recall the name of the young lady that was with him that day. Mr. Adderly, I realize right at this particular moment you can't, but will you do us a favor and just think about it?

Yeah.

And we will get back in touch with you and I'm sure it's probably going to come to you in the middle of the night.

Right, right.

When was the last time you talked to Evens?

Probably a couple of days before I got arrested.

That would have been when?

In 2002.

So you haven't talked to Evens since 2002?

No, no, I haven't.

So would it be fair to say that there's no way that you and he could have gotten together to concoct this story about Art Teele that you just told me?

No, impossible.

I want the record to reflect the witness is smiling when he thought of that.

I wish I would have got in touch with him, you know.

Well, I now have to ask why, since that's on the record.

Because, I mean, he could have gave me some of that money.

SURVEILLANCE

0600 hours Surveillance established.

0653 hours T1 [Teele] left Plaza Venetia in the Hyundai.

0727 hours T1 arrived at the Tri-Rail Station at I-95 and Hollywood Boulevard. T1 parked and an unknown black female (B/F) with a three- to four-year-old child walked over. T1 exited his vehicle and walked with the B/F and child to the train station. The B/F is described as being 19 to 23 years old, 5'03", thin to medium build, wearing blue jean pants and a blue jean/no sleeve jacket.

At this point, Detectives Bullard and White exited our vehicles and walked into the train station separately. The witness accounts of both detectives are as follows:

Bullard: T1 met with the B/F and child and walked to the train station. T1 interacted with the B/F and child as if he was very familiar with them. T1 was extremely nervous, looking around at anyone walking and at vehicles. T1, the B/F, and the child walked toward T1's vehicle, holding hands. T1 opened his trunk and was out of sight. T1 left in his vehicle, and the B/F and child remained at the station. Bullard remained near the B/F and observed her to be extremely happy with the envelope.

Bullard said hello to the B/F, and a conversation ensued. Bullard gathered the following information: The B/F was identified as Vandesha Smith, known as "Van." Van works as the manager of the spa at the Wyndham Hotel (Nassau) and resides in Nassau, Bahamas. Van was en route to Orlando to visit her sister. Van was visiting someone in Fort Lauderdale but would not disclose who. Van stated she stayed at the Wyndham Hotel on Griffin Road in Fort Lauderdale, and stated she gets the room for only $25 a night. Van requested Bullard call her at work next week. Van believes Bullard is a full-time student and a part-time employee at the University of Miami. Van stated she is not married or involved, and only has "friends." Van's son is four years old. Based on an overheard phone conversation in Bullard's presence, the child is called "CJ." CJ requires urgent medical testing for an unknown disorder. Based upon Bullard's observations, the child was violent with Van and would not listen to her commands.

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