Tejada, 45, is also accused of supplying NYPD uniforms, handcuffs and other police swag to his stickup crew so members could dress up as New York’s Finest in more than 100 robberies. Disgraced NYPD officer Emmanuel Tavarez was one of the 21 members of the ruthless gang.
Jose Tejada is believed to have used the above gun to rob drug dealers out of more than $1 million and 250 kilos of drugs with his stickup crew.
A 17-year veteran of the NYPD was busted for using his badge to lead a ruthless stickup crew — dressed up like New York’s Finest — to rob drug dealers of cash and narcotics, law enforcement officials said.
Officer Jose Tejada, 45, is accused of supplying his bandit buddies with NYPD uniforms, handcuffs and other police swag so they could pose as cops in more than 100 robberies, court documents allege. The crooked cop is the latest to be arrested in the federal probe that began five years ago. Twenty-one members of the gang, including disgraced NYPD Emmanuel Tavarez, have been convicted throughout the ongoing investigation.
Tavarez, a former eight-year veteran and onetime major league baseball prospect, was sentenced to 25 years in prison last May.
Tejada’s extreme lawlessness even saw him donning his police blues, using an NYPD vehicle and brandishing his service weapon in at least three violent shakedowns between 2006 and 2007, prosecutors said.
In one of those robberies, Tejada and other crew members stormed an innocent family’s home in the Bronx, having mistaken it for a drug dealer’s digs, according to court papers. While two goons tore through the home in search of narcotics, the rogue officer trained his gun on the victims, including their teenage child, prosecutors allege. During another heist in upper Manhattan, Tejada and crew members pulled over a vehicle, cuffed the driver and made off with 5 kilos of cocaine that were stashed in the car.
All told, the stickup gang netted more than $1 million in cash and 250 kilos in cocaine, court documents show.
Tejada, who was assigned to the 28th Precinct in Harlem at the time, is also accused of running the names of his cronies through law enforcement databases to find active warrants against them. He’d then advise crew members whether they could reenter the United States without getting busted.
The officer was working as a housing cop in the South Bronx when he was bagged at JFK Airport on Wednesday while returning from the Dominican Republic, authorities said.
He was charged with robbery conspiracy, conspiracy to distribute heroin, cocaine, MDMA and marijuana and criminal possession of a firearm, and is expected to be arraigned in Brooklyn Federal Court on Thursday.
Also accused is Jose Tejada, 45, of allowing the robbery crew to use his Manhattan apartment for their enterprise. The New York police officer is accused of equipping a robbery crew with state-of-the art police equipment and helping them loot drug dealers out of $1 million pleaded not guilty in federal court Thursday.
In court documents filed Wednesday, federal prosecutors said the crew posed as police officers and used fake warrants to arrest drug traffickers.
The crew then robbed those it arrested of their money and their stashes of marijuana, heroin, ecstasy and cocaine, authorities said.
In all, the group — comprising Tejada and at least 21 others — is responsible for more than 100 armed robberies throughout New York City since 2001, according to officials.
The New York Police Department officer, arrested Wednesday, faces multiple counts of robbery, drug dealing and weapons charges.
A U.S. magistrate on Thursday ordered Tejada to remain in custody.
Prosecutors said they had “overwhelming evidence” and argued the man presented a continuing danger to the community.