Staten Island Advance, N.Y.
An off-duty NYPD officer from Staten Island who allegedly moonlighted as security and a transporter for cocaine deals has been arrested, according to the Queens district attorney.
Ishmael Bailey, 36, was charged with selling and possessing cocaine, receiving bribes and official misconduct, according to a press release from the office of the Queens district attorney.
“The defendant – a 12-year-veteran of the Police Department – took an oath to enforce the law,” Acting Queens District Attorney John Ryan said in the press release. “Today, sadly, he is accused of taking part in an illicit drug operation. This kind of malfeasance will not be tolerated.”
According to the release, Bailey, whose last residence is listed in public records as Veltman Avenue in Port Richmond, met with a person he believed to be a drug dealer on Aug. 27, 2019.
The dealer, authorities allege, was actually an undercover police officer who discussed transporting drugs within Queens to Bailey.
Bailey allegedly agreed to provide security for the drug transactions in exchange for cash payments per kilo of cocaine he secured, the release says.
On Sep. 4, 2019, Bailey once again met with the undercover cop disguised as a drug dealer in Astoria, Queens, where he received three packages — one was a kilo of cocaine and the other two were fakes — in exchange for $2,500, according to authorities.
Bailey allegedly transported the packages in a duffel bag to College Point, Queens, where another undercover officer met him and took the bag, the release says.
Authorities allege that Bailey again provided security services for cash after he met the initial undercover officer in Astoria, Queens, where he was given $10,000 in cash to pick up two kilos of cocaine from a location in Maspeth, Queens.
Bailey then went to a designated meeting spot and transferred the cash for two packages — one was cocaine and the second was a fake — according to the release.
“In this case, the first-class investigators of the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau (IAB) identified an officer who allegedly betrayed his sacred oath to the department and to the city and built a case to weed him out,” Police Commissioner James O’Neill said.
“In partnership with members of the Integrity Bureau of the Queens District Attorney’s Office, IAB has again proved that there is no place for corruption within the NYPD,” O’Neill said. “When an individual officer intentionally tarnishes the shield worn proudly by thousands before him, he will be held to the highest account the law provides.”
If convicted, Bailey, whose arraignment is pending, faces up to 15 years in prison, according to the release.
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