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Puerto Rico policeman pleads in armed robbery case

October 7, 2014

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A former Puerto Rico police sergeant has pleaded guilty to involvement in an armed house robbery.

Jorge Fernandez Aviles was accused of driving a patrol car with two other police officers to a home where authorities said they stole a stash of cocaine in July 2012 with help from a civilian. Police said the officers falsely claimed they were executing a search warrant.

Fernandez was accused of receiving a portion of the proceeds after the cocaine was sold. The 49-year-old pleaded guilty on Tuesday to robbery and firearms charges.

Three other police officers also have pleaded guilty in the case.

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