Suspended Miami Policeman Cleared of Plot to Kill Drug Dealer
MIAMI (AP) _ A suspended police officer was acquitted of conspiring to kill a drug dealer, but he and six others still face federal charges in the Miami police scandals next week.
Ricardo Aleman, 27, was cleared Friday of cocaine trafficking and murder conspiracy charges in allegedly plotting the death of Eddie Figueredo.
After the verdict, Aleman was returned to Dade County Jail, where he and the other policemen are awaiting trial on federal charges including violation of civil rights by murder.
They allegedly participated in a cocaine ring responsible for four deaths and the theft of $15 million in cocaine in July 1985, in which three men guarding a cocaine shipment on the Miami River died when they jumped into the water to escape the uniformed police.
In Aleman’s state trial this week, which dealt with a separate case, he steadfastly denied taking a kilogram of cocaine from Figueredo and later planning to break into the drug dealer’s house and kill him.
Prosecutors claimed that during a phony bust on Feb. 24, Aleman pretended to arrest his friend Michael Malgoza and ″confiscated″ the cocaine Figueredo was in the process of selling to Malgoza.
Aleman was accused of plotting to kill Figueredo after he found out the drug dealer discovered the bust was false and had a contract out on him.