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NYPD Counterterrorism Task Force officer busted transporting 3 kilos of heroin

December 1, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
NYPD Counterterrorism Task Force officer busted transporting 3 kilos of heroin

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NEW YORK – Federal agents arrested a member of the NYPD counterterrorism task force on Thursday, for his role in a heroin smuggling and fraud conspiracy.

Federal prosecutors accuse 26-year-old Reynaldo Lopez of attempting to transport three kilograms of heroin from New Jersey into the Bronx, New York.

Lopez faces several counts including attempted narcotics trafficking and access device fraud.

The NYPD officer was arrested after he agreed to a deal with an undercover officer posing as a drug dealer to protect a transport of heroin during a sting operation on Wednesday.

Lopez was busted delivering what he believed was three kilos of heroin but in actuality were brick-shaped “mock narcotics,” The New York Post reported.

Federal officials have also implicated the Brooklyn resident in an identity theft ring and counterfeit credit card operation.

Authorities first learned of Lopez’s illicit activities while investigating a credit-card theft ring.

The investigation uncovered evidence that Lopez and his co-conspirators were allegedly using fake credit cards to purchase luxury retail items, clothing, movie tickets, gift cards and electronics.

Court papers indicate Lopez showed an undercover agent “a stack” of phony $100 bills and admitted circulating the counterfeit bills.

Feds say Lopez also admitted to the undercover officer that his extensive “cash flow” derived from his illegal businesses.

Law enforcement officials confirmed that the officer is a member of the NYPD Counterterrorism Task Force Transit Division.

“It’s a “shocking crime spree,” especially for a cop,” said Acting Manhattan US Attorney Joon Kim.

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