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Thursday, February 4, 2010

Veteran Cop Indicted in Plot to Scam Drug Dealers

Veteran Bronx cop Miguel Burgos indicted in plot to fleece drug dealers
The New York Daily News by Samuel Goldsmith and Rocco Parascandola - February 4, 2010

A city cop was charged Wednesday with helping to plan a ripoff of drug dealers. Miguel Burgos, 32, allegedly gave his unnamed co-conspirators a police scanner and a hydraulic jack used by emergency workers for a 2008 caper. Burgos was arrested Tuesday afternoon while on his way to work at the 52nd Precinct in the Bronx. He has been suspended from the NYPD, a source said. A cop since 2004, he appeared in Manhattan Federal Court yesterday where he was arraigned on a conspiracy charge that carries up to 20 years in prison. He pleaded not guilty and was freed on $100,000 bond. "I can't talk about it, I have nothing to say," Burgos he said as he left. The cop was arrested in a joint sting operation by the NYPD and Drug Enforcement Administration, but few details were released. The indictment unsealed yesterday said he gave his cohorts a Hydra-Ram so they could rob drug pushers. The $1,500 tool can exert 10,000 pounds of force and pry open a steel door. It's unclear how Burgos knows the co-conspirators or whether the scanner and jack were NYPD property. The targets were not named. The feds said the probe is continuing.

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