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Saturday, November 8, 2008

Drug Cop Broke Into Apartment

Drug-rap cop Jorge Arbaje-Diaz broke into Washington Heights flat, video shows
The New York Daily News by THOMAS ZAMBITO - November 8, 2008

The former NYPD cop arrested last week for robbing drug dealers was caught on a surveillance tape breaking into a Washington Heights apartment building this summer. Manhattan federal prosecutors Friday added a new set of robbery charges to at least 100 others that Jorge Arbaje-Diaz is facing. Arbaje-Diaz, 30, is accused of being part of a gang that made $20 million by shaking down drug dealers for cash and drugs. The feds say that in August Arbaje-Diaz and six others were videotaped going into a 183rd St. apartment building to rob a drug dealer of $25,000 in cash, cocaine and other drugs. Their plan was to show the victim law enforcement credentials to get inside his apartment but decided to use a hydraulic pump to blast out the door when no one answered, prosecutors say. As the gang was about to break in, the victim arrived home, opened the door with a key and was abruptly hog-tied to the floor, prosecutors added. No drugs were found inside the apartment but Arbaje-Diaz was caught on video leaving the building carrying a laptop computer, prosecutors say. Arbaje-Diaz had been with the NYPD for three years when he allegedly committed the robbery. Most recently he was assigned to a transit division in the Bronx.

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