Anti-Drug Police Lecturers Arrested On Cocaine Charges
MIAMI (AP) _ Two policemen whose job was to warn people of the dangers of drug abuse were ordered held without bond Monday on charges of attempting to distribute more than 13 pounds of cocaine.
Officers Ruben Rivera, 33, and Jesus Sud, 35, along with two civilians, were arrested with the drug, valued at roughly $100,000, said U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration spokesman Jack Hook.
The investigation is continuing and Hook said officials expect more arrests. Also involved in the case were the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Miami police department’s Internal Affairs division.
Rivera was assigned to visit schools and lecture students on how to avoid drug use. Recently Sud had worked mostly with adults, although as late as August he worked in the juvenile section of the department’s Community Relations division, said Sgt. David Rivero.
Rivera and Sud were arrested late Friday and charged with conspiring to possess and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, as well as carrying a firearm during the commission of a drug crime, Rivero said.
The officers appeared Monday before U.S. Magistrate Peter Palermo, who ordered them held in pretrial detention at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in South Dade.
The case is apparently unrelated to that of eight officers relieved of duty in the past two weeks, largely on the basis of confidential information provided by FBI investigators.
But Rivera and Sud joined the ranks of some three dozen former or suspended Miami officers who have been arrested, mostly on drug-related charges, in the past two years.