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DEA: NYPD officer charged in connection with heroin trafficking ring

March 18, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
DEA: NYPD officer charged in connection with heroin trafficking ring

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An officer with the New York City Police Department was taken into custody on Tuesday for reportedly assisting her boyfriend with the operation of a heroin trafficking network that spanned from Mexico to New York.

Federal prosecutors revealed in a statement that a months-long probe into a heroin trafficking ring led them to NYPD officer 31-year-old Yessenia Jimenez and her boyfriend, 33-year-old Luis Soto.

“The defendant’s apartment was being used as a stash house,” Manhattan Assistant U.S. Attorney Thane Rehn indicated.

A DEA official revealed that an agent arrested Jimenez with $25,000 and seized her NYPD issued service weapon in her purse, and another $25,000 in another bag, according to the New York Post.

Federal authorities said Jimenez has been charged with drug trafficking and weapons possession.

NYPD officials said the officer, who joined the department since 2015, has been suspended without pay.

Following the arrest, NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill said in a statement that the allegations were troubling.

Mark Gombiner, Jimenez’s lawyer, has disputed the weapons-possession charges.

“This is her service weapon,” Gombiner stated. “Given that she’s a police officer she’s mandated (to have) her service weapon with her.”

Jimenez is in custody on $75,000 bond. Soto has agreed to remain in custody without bail.

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