New York City police Officer Yessenia Jimenez allegedly helped her boyfriend run a drug trafficking ring, with the help of their apartment to the stash-250 grams of heroin.
A New York by the Police was arrested Tuesday for allegedly helping her boyfriend run a heroin-trafficking ring that spanned from Mexico to New York.
The prosecutors say about a month-long investigation led them to Yessenia Jimenez, 31, and her boyfriend, Luis Soto, 33.
“The suspect of the own apartment is being used as a stash house,” Manhattan Assistant district Attorney of the V. S. Thane Rehn said.
“The suspect of the own apartment is being used as a stash house.”
Assistant-Procurator of the V. S. Thane Rehn
A Drug Enforcement Agency official said an agent arrested Jimenez with $25,000 and her NYPD service weapon stuffed in her bag, and another $25,000 in other bag, the New York Post reported, citing the federal government.
Jimenez was charged with drug trafficking and possession of firearms.
The officer, who joined the NYPD in 2015, has been suspended without pay. Nypd commissioner James O’neill said in a statement that the arrest and the accusations are disturbing.
Mark Gombiner, Jimenez’s lawyer, has challenged the weapons possession against her.
“This is her service weapon,” Gombiner said. “Given the fact that they are a police officer, she is a kind of command (order) her service weapon with her.”
Jimenez was held on $ 75,000 bond. Soto agreed to be held without bail.
Jimenez declined to comment.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.