DEA: NYPD cop busted for providing info to drug traffickers
Devon Daniels today
An NYPD officer was arrested this morning by federal agents and charged with providing inside police intelligence and information about fellow cops to a drug trafficking organization.
Devon Daniels, 30, was arrested by the Drug Enforcement Administration and NYPD Internal Affairs detectives and is scheduled to be arraigned later today in Brooklyn federal court.
Daniels is charged with illegally accessing the NYPD's computer database to provide restricted information to a drug trafficking organization with both Midwestern and New York City connections, officials said.
Brooklyn federal prosecutors say that Daniels also gave an official police department parking placard to a drug distributor and tipped the gang to details about cops involved in narcotics investigations.
Investigators from the DEA, NYPD, and the Internal Revenue Service, say they traced wire transfers of money from drug distributors in Wichita, Kansas, that were deposited into an a bank account held by Daniels, which ostensibly were payments for his corrupt services, according to an official complaint.
Daniels also used mobile computer terminals inside NYPD cruisers at the 111th Precinct in Bayside, Queens, to run license plate registration checks, and then sent text messages to a drug dealer based in Jamaica, Queens, with information gleaned from the police department's computer database, officials said.
In addition, DEA agents say that Daniels also ran computer checks to see if people tied to drug trafficking organizations were wanted by the police and unlawfully accessed the NYPD database to retrieve information about criminal rap sheets, later supplying it to the drug dealers, officials said.