MIAMI - Four Hollywood police officers have been arrested after they provided protection and ran drugs and money for what they thought was an organized crime group but was instead an FBI sting operation, a law enforcement source said Thursday.
The source, who is familiar with the case, spoke on condition of anonymity because the case is sealed until today. The source would not provide further details.
Hollywood Police Chief Jim Scarberry said the officers are veterans, but he declined further comment.
The on-duty FBI spokesman in Miami did not immediately return calls seeking comment.
The identities of the four officers were not immediately available, but they were expected to appear today in federal court in Fort Lauderdale.
The Hollywood department has been tangentially involved in the investigation of Anna Nicole Smith's death. The former Playboy Playmate of the Year died Feb. 8 at a hotel on an Indian reservation within the city limits. The lead agency has been the Seminole Indian police.
The department was in the national spotlight in 1981 when 6-year-old Adam Walsh was abducted from a Sears store and murdered. The case has never been solved and Adam's father, John Walsh, later became host of the television series "America's Most Wanted." He has been critical of the department's investigation.