Miami officer convicted in drug-related case
Published: Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 8:43 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 8:43 p.m.
MIAMI — A veteran Miami police officer has been convicted of several charges after evidence in a trial showed he planted drugs on suspects, stole money from drug dealers and lied to investigators.
A federal jury on Friday convicted 40-year-old police Sgt. Raul Iglesias of eight charges following a two-week trial. Iglesias is an 18-year veteran of the Miami Police Department. He was relieved of duty in 2010.
Trial evidence showed that Iglesias planted cocaine on one suspect and stole drugs and money from others. Other evidence showed that $800 went missing from a box of money Iglesias thought was drug profits. In fact the money was an FBI plant.
Key testimony came from four detectives in Iglesias' former unit.
Iglesias faces up to 20 years in prison when sentenced in March.