A Miami police officer was on Thursday arrested and slapped with a number of prices after he was allegedly caught stealing money and medicines from suspects throughout site visitors stops.
Miami Police Division Officer Frenel Cenat, 40, was arrested following an undercover operation by FBI brokers who posed as drug sellers that Cenat allegedly tried to extort, in line with the Justice Division.
A federal prison grievance was filed charging Cenat with tried extortion underneath shade of official proper, theft of presidency funds, and tried possession with intent to distribute cocaine.
In line with the prison grievance, through the first site visitors cease on November 3, Cenat pulled over a driver he believed was transporting medicine however was really an spy posing as a drug trafficker.
Cenat recognized himself as “Officer Martez” of the “Miami PD – Dade County Narcotics Unit,” and advised the driving force that he had been investigating him, after which gave the driving force the choice of giving Cenat the backpack stuffed with $52,000 in $100 payments or going to jail. Cenat then took the bag of cash, let the driving force go away, and met up with the person who advised him concerning the deal, giving him $13,000 and protecting the opposite $39,000.
Later that month, on Nov. 16, officers performed a second sting. As soon as once more, Cenat pretended to have been investigating the driving force and gave him the choice to both give Cenat cash and medicines or danger going to jail, in line with the grievance.
“Cenat then took the duffle bag containing $80,000 in $100 payments and seven kilograms of faux cocaine and allowed the driving force to depart. When Cenat arrived on the location organized for the break up of the proceeds, he was arrested, and the 7 kilogram-shaped packages and a big amount of $100 payments have been present in his official MPD automobile,” courtroom paperwork mentioned.
He’s set to face a Fort Lauderdale federal choose on November 28.
The costs have been introduced by U.S. Lawyer Markenzy Lapointe for the Southern District of Florida, amongst others.
“The U.S. Lawyer’s Workplace and our regulation enforcement companions are dedicated to rooting out corrupt officers,” acknowledged Lapointe.
“We are going to proceed to research and prosecute corrupt officers, to incorporate regulation enforcement officers, that breach the general public’s belief by finishing up prison acts. The U.S. Lawyer’s Workplace is grateful for the invaluable help offered by FBI, DEA, and Metropolis of Miami Police Division on this matter.”