New York Police Department (NYPD) Officer Amaury Abreu, 34, was arrested by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) today on federal cocaine trafficking charges. Abreu is accused of conspiring with members of a Dominican drug trafficking organization to smuggle large quantities of cocaine into the United States. He is also accused of using the NYPD database on their behalf and tipping them off when he had knowledge of law enforcement actions against them.
According to Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) Erin Reid, Abreu searched the NYPD database for information about one of his co-conspirators to make sure that he did not have any warrants before traveling to the Dominican Republic. Mainstream media sources are saying that Abreu himself traveled to the Dominican Republic at least once and was in regular contact with high ranking members of the organization.
More that 350 kilos of cocaine have been seized from the organization so far. Three of Abreu's co-conspirators were also arrested. Abreu is a nine year veteran of the NYPD.