A Philadelphia police officer was apparently working both sides of the law.
Garcia pleaded ‘not guilty’ during his arraignment Wednesday before federal Magistrate Timothy Rice, and is currently being held at the Federal Detention Center in Center City until his bail hearing later this week.
Jonathan Garcia, 23, was arrested Tuesday night at his home and has been charged with selling heroin to a FBI informant.
Garcia has been working with the department for three years, but is now facing 4 counts of distribution of heroin and 2 counts of carrying a firearm during drug trafficking.
It does not look good for Garcia rejoining the force either. According to the police department, Garcia will be suspended for 30 days with the intent to dismiss.
Despite the fact the Garcia sold a bundle containing 14 individual wrapped packages of heroin to an informant, not once, but on two separate occasions; Scott DiClaudio, Garcia’s defense attorney, said “He’s not a threat to the community or a flight risk.” DiClaudio went on to say, “We’re going to seek his release on bail or house arrest.”
So if carrying a firearm while selling heroin is not a threat to a community, I wonder what does qualify as threatening.
Original article: philly.com
Photo courtesy of: flickr.com
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