NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - A member of New York’s Finest is accused of using his badge to help a drug dealer.
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According to a criminal complaint filed in New York, NYPD Officer Devon Daniels is accused of using an FBI database to assist Queens heroin dealer Guy Curtis by giving him inside information, WCBS 880′s Marla Diamond reported.
Curtis is known for his violence against real and perceived rivals, 1010 WINS’ Juliet Papa reported.
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Federal prosecutors said Daniels gave an official police department parking placard to Curtis and tipped off his gang to to details about officers involved in narcotics investigations.
Court papers reveal that Daniels looked up license plates and outstanding warrants for Curtis while on the job as a patrol cop.
According to the criminal complaint, on April 21, 2010, Curtis sent a text message to Daniels that read, “Yea but for some reason they wanna arrest me,” and “Or put me thru da system.”
According to the complaint, Daniels immediately replied, “Word yo tonight ima run ya name through the main system to see what comes up and s–t.”
According to the criminal complaint, Daniels also used mobile terminals inside police cruisers at the 111th Precinct in Bayside.
In return for his help, Daniels allegedly asked Curtis for money. Wire transfers traced to the officer’s bank account led to his arrest, according to the complaint.
In January, Curtis pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin, according to the complaint.
Daniels was taken into custody early Tuesday morning as part of an ongoing drug investigation that led all the way to Wichita, Kansas.
Daniels was charged with illegally accessing an authorized database. He has been released on $150,000 bond.
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