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Former Cop of the Year Arrested for Cocaine Trafficking

December 4, 2014  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
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In a report that is reminiscent of the movie “Training Day” a decorated Queens police officer who once won his precinct’s “Cop of the Year’’ award has been arrested on cocaine-trafficking charges, sources said Tuesday, the New York Post reported.

Officer Philip LeRoy, who works in the 114th Precinct, was apprehended just before midnight Monday in Sunrise City, Fla., with two other men trying buy 10 kilos of cocaine, sources told The Post.

LeRoy, allegedly drove from New York with the intent to buy drugs in the Sunshine State and had his off-duty weapon on him at the time.

“Sunrise PD does this thing called forfeiture, which are like reverse drug-deal stings, where cops pose as dealers selling very cheap cocaine. They’re known for these kind of big busts,” a police source said.
“You got to be pretty stupid to do this deal in Sunrise.”

LeRoy, 28, is facing cocaine trafficking and conspiracy to traffic cocaine charges, His bail was set at $250,000.

The NYPD announced the suspension of Leroy on Tuesday.

He currently sits in a cell waiting to be charged formerly by state prosecutors, the process could take as long 21 days, said an official at the Broward County Clerk’s Office.

LeRoy won the “Cop of the Year” award two years ago, according to a report at the time.
Former Police Commissioner Ray Kelly at the time of Leroy winning the award said, “As a member of the anti-crime unit, P.O. Leroy has made more than two dozen arrests so far this year for things like robbery and gun possession,” said then-Police Commissioner Ray Kelly in praising the cop.

LeRoy, who is a Queens resident made up to 188 arrests between January 2009 — when he joined the NYPD — and June 2012.

Facebook posts show the crooked cop posing with a flashy black Infiniti and some featuring his chiseled abs while he’s surrounded by voluptuous women.

Image courtesy of dailymail.co.uk

Image courtesy of dailymail.co.uk

In one picture from 2012, he stands next to a wall emblazoned with the NYPD shield and the words “The Greatest Detectives.”

LeRoy was arrested along with Richard Quintanilla and Brian Espinal, who are accused of negotiating the deal, sources said.

Quintanilla, 35, and Espinal, 27, were each charged with trafficking cocaine and conspiracy to traffic cocaine.

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