Five New Jersey police officers admitted to conspiracy to share drugs like cocaine and oxycodone
Five New Jersey police officers were arrested after admitting to possession of the drugs they were distributing among themselves.
The two of law enforcement members from Morris County were busted after they failed to learn that their drug dealer was arrest. The cops didn’t manage to destroy the evidence of their own involvement in previous drug transactions.
33-year-old Sgt. Dominick Andico, 27-year-old Robert Busold purchased the drugs from a dealer and distributed them to other three police officers.
The investigation into the junkie cops was launched in February when a tip brought to the information about them later turned over to the Morris County Prosecution’s Office. In July, all five officers were suspended with pay as the investigation progressed.
“One of the silver linings to this sad episode, frankly, is how effectively the Crime Stoppers reporting system works,” Gannon said in a statement. “It proves that nobody — even corrections and sheriff’s officers — are above the law.”
Last week these two officers along with their three colleagues were charged with conspiracy to possess illegal drugs and conspiracy to distribute those drugs among themselves, third-degree offenses that each carry a maximum penalty of five years in prison. On Wednesday all five officers pleaded guilty to the drug offenses in a virtual court hearing before Morris Superior Court Judge.
The five will have to undergo drug treatment. They were assigned to the Morris County Correctional Facility and are expected to be sentenced in November.
The other cops, 35-year-old Brian Rzucidlo and 36-year-old Albert Wyman were also charged with conspiracy to possess cocaine, obstruction, a disorderly person’s offense, for accessing the official arrest database.
The fifth was 31-year-old Nicholas Ricciotti who was charged with one count of third-degree possession of oxycodone, a prescription painkiller.