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Philadelphia Cop Accused of Tipping Off Drug Trafficker

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 A 23-year veteran of the Philadelphia Police Department is accused of leaking information about a federal investigation into drug trafficking organizations, according to the Philadelphia Daily News.

An unsealed indictment Wednesday accuses Rafael Cordero, 51, of the police department’s Criminal Intelligence Unit, of tipping off his half-brother, David Garcia, about a search warrant and a surveillance camera on a telephone pole.

Cordero also is accused of hiding drug money and evidence against Garcia, according to the Daily News.

Cordero has been charged with obstruction of justice and making false statements to federal agents.

Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey told the Daily News that Cordero will be suspended for 30 days with the intent to terminate.

A Philly Cop on FBI Drug Task Force Gets 2 Years for Tipping Off Kingpin About Raid

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A Philly police detective working an FBI drug task force was sentenced Monday to two years in prison for tipping off  a drug kingpin about a raid in 2005, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

U.S. District Judge Timothy J. Savage in Philadelphia sentenced ex-officer Rickie Durham, 44, to the two years, rejecting suggestions by federal prosecutors that he get a minimum of 15 years.

The judge called Durham’s actions “reckless” and said he “exposed fellow officers to great risk”, the Inquirer reported. But the judge said it was an isolated incident in what had been an exemplary career.

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