CAROLINA SALGADO - "Gang" hubby busted, too.
March 17, 2007 -- A city cop got caught with her drawers down, after a large stash of drugs was allegedly found hidden among her lingerie in the Long Island home she shares with her Latin Kings gang-member boyfriend, sources said yesterday.
Authorities said they found numerous bags of cocaine and marijuana ready for sale in the Long Beach home of NYPD rookie officer Carolina Salgado, 30. The raid was conducted Thursday night by members of the Nassau County District Attorney's Office, the NYPD and Long Beach cops. After entering the house with a warrant, officers found three children home alone - 12- and 11-year-old boys and a 3-month-old girl, authorities said.
All the seized drugs were found stashed inside Salgado's skivvies drawer, including 150 small bags of pot and two bags of cocaine. The officers also found $3,000 and a large collection of paraphernalia linked to the notorious Latin Kings gang, of which Salgado's boyfriend Nelson Fernandez, 26, is a reputed member. The cop - assigned to the 73rd Precinct in Brownsville, Brooklyn - was found in a car with Fernandez a short time after the raid. The couple was nabbed with a carload of drugs, including 15 bags of marijuana and two bags of cocaine. When investigators asked Salgado how she got involved, she told them, "What do you want me to do? I'm pregnant with his kid."
Sources said that the bust of the allegedly crooked cop went down after a monthlong probe, in which investigators spotted drug sales at the couple's home. Sometimes, they saw alleged buyers drive up and take packages from their mailbox. Other times, they saw the 12-year-old - who along with his brother had a different father - greeting visitors at the home. Salgado and Fernandez were charged with endangering the welfare of a child and drug possession. Fernandez is also charged with selling pot, said a Nassau DA spokesman.
Salgado, a beat cop who joined the force in July 2005, has been suspended. She was ordered held without bail, while Fernandez's bail was set at $5,000. Sources said Fernandez, a predicate felon, has prior arrests for assault, attempted assault and drug possession. firstname.lastname@example.org