A Florida police officer has been arrested and hit with a slew of prices for allegedly stealing money and medicines from suspects throughout visitors stops.
Miami Police Division Officer Frenel Cenat, 40, was arrested Thursday following an undercover operation by FBI brokers who posed as drug sellers that Cenat allegedly tried to extort, in response to the Justice Division.
Authorities acted on a tip from a confidential supply that mentioned Cenat routinely pulled over folks identified to have purchased or offered medicine and stole these medicine together with their cash.
On Nov. 3, Cenat pulled over a driver he believed was transporting medicine however was truly an secret agent posing as a drug trafficker, in response to a legal grievance. Cenat falsely recognized himself as “Officer Martez” and advised the driving force he would let him go if he gave Cenat his backpack with greater than $50,000. After allegedly taking the cash, Cenat let the secret agent go.
Later that month, on Nov. 16, officers carried out 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 response to the grievance.
“You wish to go house tonight or spend 30 years in…federal jail?” Cenat advised the undercover officer, in response to the grievance.
The secret agent gave Cenat a duffle bag full of $80,000 and seven kilograms of faux cocaine. Cenat then requested for his telephone quantity.
“You’re employed for me now,” Cenat mentioned, in response to the grievance. “If I name you and also you don’t reply…I’m coming for you.”
Cenat was arrested later that day.
In September, two former Cleveland officers have been sentenced to jail for stealing greater than $14,000 from six victims that they’d pulled over throughout visitors stops. Each former officers have been sentenced to 2 years in jail.
Cenat has been charged with tried Hobbs Act extortion, theft of presidency funds, and tried possession with intent to distribute cocaine. His subsequent courtroom look is Nov. 28.