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NYPD cop Jorge Arbaje-Diaz arrested on charges he was part of cocaine robbery crew

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  1. chillinwill
    An NYPD cop was arrested as part of a violent robbery crew that stole 750 kilos of cocaine and $4 million from drug dealers - and then resold the dope, federal prosecutors charged Friday.

    Jorge Arbaje-Diaz, on the job three years and assigned to the Bronx, was arrested at 11 p.m. Thursday for his role in at least 100 robberies along the East Coast, authorities said.

    The 30-year-old officer used his job to enter the homes of some victims, and in one case participated in an armed robbery while wearing his NYPD uniform, badge, gun and handcuffs, the indictment said.

    "The crimes committed by Arbaje-Diaz are a slap in the face to the vast majority of law enforcement officers who are dedicated to upholding the law," said Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent John Gilbride.

    "For the men and women in law enforcement, this crime is especially disgraceful." Arbaje-Diaz, known to his co-conspirators as "Shorty," was named along with Felix Rodriguez, 31, and Alfredo Antonio Acosta, 34, in the indictment unsealed in Brooklyn federal court.

    The story of the crooked cop and the violent stick-up gang was first reported Oct. 13 in the Daily News.

    Diaz and an unidentified retired NYPD officer were part of the violent gang that kidnapped and sexually tortured some of their victims, police sources said Friday.

    "He sold his badge," a police source said of Diaz. "And worse, he put drugs back on the street instead of taking them off."

    The earlier indictment charged the crooks wore flak jackets and flashed badges, occasionally pulling their victims' cars over in police-style traffic stops complete with lights and sirens.

    A dozen members of the crew were named in earlier Brooklyn federal indictments. The gang sometimes used torture to force the drug dealers to tell where they stashed the drugs and money, court papers showed.

    Most of the attacks occurred in Queens, the Bronx and upper Manhattan, although drug dealers were also targeted in Florida, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and North Carolina over the last five years.

    By ALISON GENDAR and LARRY McSHANE
    DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS

    Updated Friday, October 31st 2008, 10:57 AM
    Source: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/ny_...nypd_cop_jorge_arbajediaz_arrested_on_ch.html

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  1. mouthwater
    Gang That Robbed Drug Dealers Included a Real Police Officer, Prosecutors Say

    When federal prosecutors earlier this year accused a gang of robbers of abducting, torturing and stealing from dozens of drug dealers, they said some of the robbers posed as police officers. But on Friday, prosecutors said that a real police officer, in full uniform during at least one robbery, was among the group. In an indictment unsealed in federal court in Brooklyn, the police officer, Jorge H. Arbaje-Diaz, 30, and two other men, Felix Rodriguez and Alfredo Antonio Acosta, were added as defendants to an indictment that charged that a “violent robbery crew” carried out more than 100 armed robberies of drug traffickers over a five-year period and took more than 750 kilograms of cocaine and $4 million.

    The indictment adds the names of Officer Arbaje-Diaz and the two others to an indictment originally unsealed on May 6. With the indictment unsealed on Friday, 13 people have now been charged in the case. Eleven of those, including Officer Arbaje-Diaz, have been arraigned and have pleaded not guilty. Two will be arraigned next week. The group operated between May 2003 and August 2008 in at least six states, including New York, North Carolina and Pennsylvania, prosecutors charged. They said the group used torture and death threats to get information from the drug dealers.

    Officer Arbaje-Diaz used his position to gain access to the victims’ homes, where he and other defendants handcuffed them at gunpoint and threatened to arrest them if they did not say where their drugs and money were stored, according to a statement from the United States attorney’s office. Officer Arbaje-Diaz, 30, took part in robberies that netted thousands of dollars and multiple kilograms of cocaine, heroin and marijuana valued at $200,000, the statement said. On at least one occasion, the officer, a three-year veteran assigned to transit duties in the Bronx, wore his uniform and carried his badge, weapon and handcuffs, the statement said.

    The new indictment charges Officer Arbaje-Diaz, Mr. Rodriguez and Mr. Acosta with conspiracy to violate the Hobbs Act, which outlaws the obstruction of commerce “by robbery or extortion”; possession of and conspiracy to distribute cocaine; and firearms charges. If convicted on all counts, they would face a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. At his arraignment on Friday, Officer Arbaje-Diaz was ordered held without bail, and his next court appearance was set for Dec. 15, said Robert Nardoza, a spokesman for the United States attorney’s office. The officer’s lawyer, Gregory Cooper, was not immediately available for comment.

    The police commissioner, Raymond W. Kelly, called Officer Arbaje-Diaz’s alleged actions “despicable” and “the highest form of betrayal.” “It is a huge disappointment, to say the least, to the department,” Mr. Kelly said in a news conference. He said the department would examine the background checks that were done before Officer Arbaje-Diaz joined the force. He has been suspended without pay.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/01/nyregion/01indict.html?ref=nyregion
  2. chillinwill
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