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Pair of NYPD investigators charged with lying about drug arrest after video clears ‘suspect’

March 8, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Pair of NYPD investigators charged with lying about drug arrest after video clears ‘suspect’

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On Tuesday, two veteran NYPD investigators were charged with lying about making a Queens drug arrest after the “suspect” was cleared of the charges through surveillance footage.

Detectives Kevin Desormeau and Sasha Neve, both 33-years-old who have served with the NYPD for ten years, reportedly created a series of lies about the bust that took place in August 2014, the Queens DA’s Office revealed.

The detectives claimed it was between 6:40 and 7 p.m. when they saw a man giving over crack cocaine to a woman in Jamaica, Queens. They also said that they recovered a rock of cocaine from his waistband at the of the arrest.

According to the New York Post, the man, whose identity has not been revealed, was charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance and was in custody at Rikers Island for 51 days in lieu of bail.

Sasha Cordoba (left) and Kevin Desormeau (Photo Natan Dvir)

In front of a Queens grand jury, Desormeau testified that he saw the man hand two women something in exchange for money. The detective took the man into custody and alleged that he discovered a twist of crack cocaine on the suspect.

At a separate court hearing, Desormeau told the same story and added that the suspect had $725 cash on him.

However, the wrongly accused drug dealer had a strong alibi.

His attorney presented surveillance footage from a bar showing him playing pool during the same time the alleged “drug deal” occurred.

That same tape shows Desormeau and Neve going into the bar and bringing the man outside.

Charges against the reported suspect were eventually dropped.

The two detectives were indicted on official misconduct and filing false paperwork charges. Desormeau also was charged with first-degree perjury for lying two times and is facing up to seven years in prison.

Neve is facing up to four years behind bars.

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