Feds Accuse Miami Police Sergeant Raul Iglesias Of Planting and Stealing Drugs In Allapattah
Read Miami New Times' story on ex-Hialeah Gardens police detective Lawrence Perez who helped his drug dealer friends steal pounds of marijuana.
Raul Iglesias, a sergeant with an undercover Miami Police Department narcotics unit, is joining ignominious company. He is now the fifth local cop to be criminally charged for being an alleged dope boy by the FBI since 2010. One of the rogue officers is Roberto Asanza, who was supervised by Iglesias and who cooperated with the feds in taking down his ex-boss. Asanza pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge in exchanging for giving the feds information about Iglesias' alleged misdeeds.
According to the eight page indictment, Iglesias was in charge of one of the police department's crime suppression teams that worked in the neighborhood of Allapattah. On Jan. 27, 2010, Iglesias and two other officers (who are not named) detained an individual who is only identified by his initials R.H. Iglesias allegedly ordered the cops to arrest R.H. and asked them if they had "any throw-down dope."
Another cop, who is only identified as R.M. in the indictment, showed up on the scene and gave Iglesias a bag of cocaine. The sergeant then handed the drugs to one of his officers and instructed him to arrest R.H. for coke possession. The indictment also claims that Iglesias was dealing crack cocaine he stole from arrest subjects between January and May of 2010, as well as jacking another suspect, identified by the initials C.R., of his cash on April 8, 2010.
Iglesias has been charged with nine felony counts including civil rights violations, conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine, obstruction of justice and making false statements.
Iglesias is expected to go before U.S.Magistrate William C. Turnoff this morning to set his bond.
Iglesias, Raul Indictment
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