When we think about those charged with drug distribution, we likely do not think about police officers. However, police officers, like the rest of us, can be caught up in the wide net that federal law enforcement throws to stop drug trafficking. This is the scenario facing one local New York City Police Department police officer.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation claims that the NYPD police officer was a member of a multinational drug trafficking operation for at least five years. In that membership, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York alleges that he used his NYPD position to protect other members of the drug trafficking operation.
The FBI claimed that the police officer and his alleged co-conspirators were a direct cocaine pipeline for the importation and distribution of cocaine throughout New York City. Specifically, they claim that he provided drug traffickers law enforcement information that enabled them to conceal the operation, including checking warrants and gathering intel, acting like a double-agent.
The arrest and charges
The 113th Precinct NYPD police officer, along with four others, were arrested on federal drug distribution charges, including conspiracy to import and distribute cocaine. The nine year police veteran was arrested Monday morning at his Long Island home. He has since plead not guilty and was released to home detention after posting a $1 million bond.
No attorney of record
Currently, the veteran police officer does not have an attorney of record to defend his reputation or in court. And, this is a common practice for those charged with federal crimes. The U.S. Attorney and FBI get to craft their narrative to the media, who then distributes that information to the public. This means that, even without a conviction, those charged with crimes lose the jobs and educational opportunities, and immediately lose their reputation. This is why it is so important to contact an attorney immediately when charged with a crime. Having someone fighting for the accused is everyone’s right and it can be the difference between freedom and prison for Brooklyn, New York, residents.