CAMDEN, NJ (CBS) – A pair of Camden, NJ police officers now stand suspended and charged in federal court with abusing their positions — framing innocent people and planting evidence in drug cases.
Antonio Figueroa, (a.k.a. “Baby Fat Face”), 34, and Robert Bayard, 32, are facing nine counts, including civil rights violations, stemming from a string of incidents between May 2007 and October 2009 when they worked in the department’s Special Operations division, tracking drug cases around town.
Instead, they allegedly stole drugs — some to use themselves or to plant on others — then altered paperwork and lied to cover it all up.
New Jersey US attorney Paul Fishman (center of photo):
“The public has a right to expect that the people who swear to uphold the law, to protect their neighborhoods, and to keep them safe are people they can trust.”
The Camden Police Department declined to release photos of the indicted officers.
Two hundred ten drug cases were dismissed by Camden County after the alleged corruption was uncovered last year, although officials insist that ongoing drug probes are not tainted by this operation.
Three other implicated officers — Kevin Parry, Jason Stetser, and Dan Morris — have pleaded guilty in federal court and await sentencing.
Reported by David Madden, KYW Newsradio.
Photo by David Madden