A 111th Precinct officer has been accused of providing police intelligence to a Jamaica-based drug trafficking organization, the U.S. attorney for New York’s Eastern District said.
Devon Daniels, 30, was arrested by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the NYPD's Internal Affairs Bureau and the Internal Revenue Service and arraigned Tuesday before Brooklyn Magistrate Roanne Mann.
The officer, who works with the 111th Precinct in Bayside, is alleged to have given an official NYPD parking placard to a drug distributor and relayed information about cops involved in narcotics investigations to drug traffickers, according to the criminal complaint.
Investigators traced wire transfers of money from drug dealers in Wichita, Kan. that were allegedly deposited into a bank account held by Daniels.
The officer allegedly withdrew the money from the account and gave it to Guy Curtis, who has been named by federal officials as the leader of Jamaica-based drug dealing organization Pov City.
Curtis pleaded guilty in January to dealing heroin.
Jermaine Ward, an alleged Kansas drug distributor, then sent $3,500 to Daniels as payment for use of the bank account.
The defendant is also alleged to have used mobile computer terminals inside NYPD cruisers at the 111th Precinct’s Bayside station to run license plate registration checks.
He then allegedly sent text messages to Curtis that included information taken from the NYPD’s computer database, such as license plate numbers and warrants, according to the complaint.
Eletronic surveillance picked up conversations between the officer and drug dealer during which Daniels asked Curtis for “any working revolver,” money and use of his vehicles, according to the complaint.
The NYPD could not be immediately reached for comment.
Daniels, who was released on a $150,000 bond, has been ordered to be held in home confinement and electronically monitored, said a spokesman for U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch.
If convicted, the defendant could face up to six years in prison.
The defendant has also been suspended from the NYPD without pay. Currently, there is no return court date.
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