Crack-Dealing Miami Cop Raul Iglesias Accused of Harassing Witness Online
Former Miami Police Sgt. Raul Iglesias is serving his four-year prison sentence for dirty deeds done under the badge, but now he's been charged with more crimes after he posted phone calls on YouTube and a police-centric message board in an attempt to intimidate and harass witnesses in his case.
Iglesias was arrested in part of an FBI sting in 2012. He was suspected of planting cocaine on suspects and stealing money and drugs from crack dealers (and in turn selling those drugs).
Other Miami officers were integral witnesses in the case, and their involvement created something of a rift between Miami cops who thought they were snitches and those who thought the force should be cleaned up.
According to the Miami Herald, Iglesias started something of an online campaign to smear and intimidate the officers who testified against him. He uploaded two phone conversations he'd had with the officers, who at the time were his subordinates, on YouTube.com and the LEO Affairs website just two days before he began his prison sentence. He titled the posts "Miami Mice," and uploaded them under the name "Chivas Royal."
The judge in the original case had ordered that the recordings be protected from disclosure.
He now finds himself hit with new charges of criminal contempt and retaliating against witnesses, which could get him up to life in prison. He'll be transfefred from a South Carolina prison to Miami-Dade to make his initial court appearance January 16.
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