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Friday, April 1, 2011

Former Cop Charged with Trading Info for Drugs

Former Town of Poughkeepsie cop charged with trading info for drugs
The Mid-Hudson News - April 1, 2011

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – A former Town of Poughkeepsie police officer has been indicted on charges that he sold secret investigative information to two men in return for cocaine for personal use. David Palazzolo, 44, now of North Carolina, was charged with one count of second-degree conspiracy, 10 counts of bribe receiving in the first degree and 24 counts of computer trespass, all felonies. “The indictment alleges that the defendant, while on duty as a Town of Poughkeepsie police officer, used his official position, including access to police computers, to provide police information to certain individuals involved in the drug trade in return for cocaine,” Dutchess County District Attorney William Grady said on Thursday. “Some of the police information provided compromised the identity of undercover police officers as well as the vehicles they were driving.” Palazzolo allegedly provided information on cases to Christopher Reynolds, 49, of the Town of Poughkeepsie and Jesse Roldan, 35, of Wappingers Falls in return for the drugs. Both men have pled guilty to drug charges. No sentencing date has been set yet. Town of Poughkeepsie Police Chief Thomas Mauro said this is the first time in the history of the police force that an officer has been arrested, but he said as recently as just months ago, the police department was given a clean bill of health regarding its procedures when it received accreditation. “Police officers take an oath on their first day in office; that oath is to uphold the Constitution of the United States and enforce the laws of the State of New York,” Mauro said. “Once a police officer stops doing that and commits an illegal act, he stops being a police officer in my judgment, and I believe that would be the position of any public safety officer that is doing their job the way they are sworn to.” Palazzolo was suspended from the force in July 2010 and has since retired. His wife, Carol, 44, was also arrested and charged with two counts of drug possession. He was remanded to the Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail or $100,000 bond.


patricianyc said...

It's amazing that he was only charged with a misdemeanor. Anyone else would have been charged with felony counts. What useless rubbers the cops in Poughkeepsie truly are.

Anonymous said...

It's amazing that he was only charged with a misdemeanor. Anyone else would have been charged with felony counts. What useless rubbers the cops in Poughkeepsie truly are.

Anonymous said...


I just got out of a holding cell in the town of poughkeepsie. Last year a coke whore stole a rental car under my name. Back when I was hanging out with her she bragged that a town of poughkeepsie officer traded her information for cocaine and sex from Deana as her other boyfriend was a coke dealer (and her baby daddy was his former boss). Her name is Deana Cheli the coke dealer is Lyte (street name) his moms house is at 99 east dorsey lane in the town of hyde park. I do not know the exact name of the officer but I suspect it was Bruschelli. Around that same time last year I got a town ordinance violation for being in a park after dark. When I went to the court date it was a holiday and the secretary said they would send out new court dates. I never recieved one. Yesterday I got a call from Bruschelli asking me to come in and settle it. So I did. When I arrived i was put in a holding cell for half a day for what amounts to an unpaid parking ticket and when I went in front of the judge he said I was supposed to be at court 2 weeks before i even got the ticket last year. Unfortunately I have not yet found the original ticket to prove the dates. I will go tommorrow and pay the fine for the town ordinance violation and demand not only a reciept for payment but a copy of the original ticket and any other paperwork. Where there is one corrupt cop there is a whole corrupt police force and culture behind it. Of course I have no proof and am not even sure who Deana's friend in the police force was. I'm damn pissed though that a corrupt cop is going to shake me down because i disn't like his coke whore girlfriend stealing my car. F the town of poughkeepsie police department! Further evidence of the extent of the corruption in this town is evident in the light sentence the officer in this article recieved as well as the police chief trying to marginalize the issue.