4
| Crime |

Opa-Locka Police Captain Arrested for Protecting Murderous Drug Ring

^
Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Miami and help keep the future of New Times free.

Arthur Balom, an Opa-locka police captain, has been arrested on allegations he helped protect a South Florida drug ring and had knowledge of the murder of a Brinks armed truck guard that happened last year. The arrest was part of an FBI investigation. Three other men, members of the drug ring, were also arrested. Two other suspects remain at large. 


According to Local 10's FBI sources, Balom allegedly protected the ring leader of the drug organization and fed him information to keep him out of jail. 

Balom is also accused of having knowledge of a plan to rob a Brinks truck in Miramar in May 2010 but doing nothing to stop it. That robbery turned deadly when 48-year-old Brinks guard Alejandro Nodarse Arencibia was fatally shot. Balom also supposedly knew the whereabouts of one of the suspects while he was on the run but again did not alert his colleagues. 

Balom was arrested at his home early this morning. Meanwhile, FBI agents were seen taking boxes of evidence from the Opa-locka Police Department today, according to NBC Miami

The arrest is just the latest but most serious charge lobbied against an officer in the department. 

In May, New Times obtained memos that showed various officers were under investigation for a variety of crimes, including having sex with suspects, transporting alcohol in cop cars for private parties, and stealing public property. 

Follow Miami New Times on Facebook and Twitter @MiamiNewTimes.

Keep Miami New Times Free... Since we started Miami New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Miami, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Miami with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.