A former police officer with the New York City Police Department has been charged, along with four other individuals, in a large drug sting, according to local sources. The former New York officer is reportedly still at large as of this report, but his four alleged accomplices have all been arrested. All of the accused individuals, including the former officer, will be represented by criminal defense counsel at their hearings and throughout the trial process.
According to the indictment, the five accused individuals are believed to have conspired over the course of three years to distribute 500 grams of methamphetamine in the vicinity of Westchester County and New York City. They are also believed to have conspired to distribute GBL, or gamma-butyrolactone, a common date-rape drug. The seriousness of the drug problem in this area has encouraged prosecutors to seek stringent penalties for all the involved individuals.
All five individuals, who range in age from 22 to 48, are charged with conspiring to distribute methamphetamine. Conviction on this charge carries a minimum 10 year sentence, with a maximum of life in prison. Four of the five also face the same charges, and similar consequences, for GBL distribution.
Charges of this magnitude could mean potentially life-altering consequences for everyone involved, especially the ex-cop, who may be barred from future service if he is found guilty. However, each individual will have the benefit of professional representation through their criminal defense. The intent will be to build a compelling case in the defense of each individual client.