Scandal in NYPD
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NYPD officer Amaury Abreu apparently used the insights from his job to help multinational traffickers import and distribute cocaine., according to an indictment revealed in federal court in Brooklyn.
Abreu, 34, assigned to District 113 in Queens, was arrested Monday at his Long Island home. Total, five defendants were arrested.
“By joining forces with his co-conspirators, Abreu has allegedly committed felonies, dishonored his NYPD badge and betrayed the trust of the public, as well as members of the police who risk their lives to intercept drugs that endanger our communities, “Acting US Attorney Seth DuCharme said in a statement.
The nine-year police veteran, who made $ 108,000 last year, is currently suspended, according to payroll records and a NYPD spokeswoman. The father of two, Abreu pleaded “not guilty” through his attorney, Matthew Galluzzo, at his arraignment Monday in federal court.
“My client denies any involvement in criminal activity,” said his defender. Judge Sanket Bulsara released Abreu with a $ 1 million dollar bond, ordering him house arrest despite the objection of Assistant United States Attorney Erin Reid, who said she had spoken to the leader of the drug trafficking organization just Sunday.
From January 2016 to October 2020, Abreu and his co-defendants Julio Bautista (35) and Gustavo Valerio (38), who are high-ranking members of the unidentified drug trafficking organization, allegedly oversaw the distribution of cocaine in New York. The charges against them are pending.
Two more people are charged in connection with the case: César Díaz-Bautista (43) faces a charge of possession with intent to distribute cocaine, and Junior Ortiz (29) has a separate complaint for importing drugs.
Ortiz owns “Junior’s Produce” in Uniondale (Long Island) and allegedly conspired with drug traffickers to ship 248 kilos (546 pounds) of cocaine, hidden in cardboard boxes of tomatoes, from the Dominican Republic to a port in Red Hook, Brooklyn. The officers of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) they found the illicit cargo.
Abreu allegedly used his position as a policeman to aid drug traffickers, providing information on law enforcement procedures, conducting arrest warrant checks against his co-conspirators. using the NYPD database and, on at least one occasion, distributing cocaine, authorities said.
“There is no room for corruption in the NYPD and it will always be fully prosecuted,” commented the Commissioner Dermot Shea, quoted by New York Post.
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