Published on June 10th, 2013 | by Daniel R. Perlman0
Two Police officers arrested On Drug Trafficking and Robbery Charges
Two Philadelphia police officers have been arrested and charged in trafficking drugs and robbing alleged drug dealers while in uniform.
Jonathan Garcia and Sydemy Joanis reportedly were honored in 2010 as the 17th district Officers of the Month for a drug arrest.
Garcia was arrested last year. Joanis was arrested today.
According to a Grand Jury indictment unsealed today, Garcia and Joanis were on duty and in full uniform when they stopped and searched people they suspected of drug trafficking for the purpose of stealing their drugs. U.S. Attorney Zane Memeger said Tuesday that Garcia and Joanis pocketed drugs and money from suspected drug dealers.
“Between December 2009 and June 19, 2012, Garcia and Joanis conspired to rob suspected drug dealers of their drug-trafficking proceeds,” Memeger said. “Garcia and Joanis engaged in this scheme while on active duty, using their patrol car, their loaded service pistols and handcuffs.”
Memeger says the FBI ran a sting a year ago that led to the charges.
“Garcia and Joanis stopped that car and recovered 99 pills and $2,500. Joanis then prepared a false police report, while Garcia prepared a property receipt saying only 90 pills and $470 has been recovered,” he said.
Garcia and Joanis allegedly used a confidential source to buy drugs from several alleged dealers and plant other drugs – usually crack cocaine – inside the dealers’ cars. The set-ups would result in the arrests of the dealers.
The officers allegedly split the proceeds of the robberies between themselves, according to the indictment.
On four occassions in May and June 2012, Garcia was in uniform when he allegedly sold heroin.
In June 2012, while on active duty, Garcia and Joanis officers allegedly stole $2,030 and seven OxyContin pills from a confidential informant, the indictment states.
Both officers are charged with conspiracy to commit robbery, attempted robbery, robbery, and carrying a firearm during a crime of violence. In addition, Garcia was charged with four counts of distributing heroin.
Source: newsworks.org “Feds: 2 Philly police officers robbed confidential informant, drug dealers,” June 10, 2013.