Former NYPD officer Michael “Rape Cop” Pena’s not the only former cop headed to the hoosegow — former NYPD officer Emmanuel Tavarez is the second former cop this week who’s about to make the jump from officer to inmate.
Unlike Pena, Tavarez, 33, didn’t violently sexually assault a defenseless school teacher. But he was a member of a “robbery crew” responsible for ripping off drug traffickers to the tune of $1 million and 250 kilos of cocaine.
Tavarez pleaded guilty to robbery conspiracy, cocaine and heroin trafficking conspiracy, and firearm charges in April. Today he learned his fate: 25 years in federal prison.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Tavarez’s crew was behind at
least 100 robberies since 2001. During the robberies, thugs posed as
cops and staged fake arrests of suspected traffickers. Following the
faux-arrests, the thieves would steal the traffickers’ goodies — in
many case, cocaine and heroin.
During the robberies, the thieves would restrain the “victims” with
handcuffs and duct tape. In many cases, the robbers used handguns and
assaulted the traffickers.
Tavarez participated in at least eight of the robberies while a member
of the New York Police Department. In at least one instance, he
accompanied members of his “crew” into a private residence while
carrying a weapon to commit one of the robberies.
Unlike Pena, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel for Tavarez — but
it’s 25 years away. Pena, on the other hand, will be 103 years old
before he even sees a parole board.
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