NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Harlem police officer Jose Tejada, 45, a veteran of 17 years on the NYPD, was arraigned Thursday for allegedly being part of a violent robbery crew made up of actual and phony cops.
Tejada was ordered held without bail after pleading not guilty, 1010 WINS’ Al Jones reported.
They’re alleged to have preyed on narcotics traffickers.
His defense attorney told the judge that Tejada has not robbed a drug dealer in the past four years, but the prosecution argued that Tejada was talking up the possibility of doing just that long after he knew he was under investigation.
A source with knowledge of the investigation told 1010 WINS that Tejada allegedly belonged to a robbery crew that in 2006 and 2007 was linked to numerous home invasions, among other crimes.
Officer Tejada also allegedly provided the crew with “information and paraphernalia” from the Police Department, 1010 WINS reported.