A police officer from Queens was arraigned Tuesday in federal District Court in Brooklyn on charges that he gave drug dealers restricted information from the FBI and other sources.
Patrolman Devon Daniels, 30, who has been an NYPD officer since 2007, was released on $150,000 bail with electronic monitoring. He has also been suspended without pay from the force and faces dismissal.
In the complaint filed by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Daniels is described during a wiretap of consorting with a known drug dealer from Jamaica, Guy Curtis, who headed the Pov City gang and pleaded guilty to drug distribution in January.
Officials believe Daniels and Curtis were childhood friends from Jamaica and that for his services, the officer received a small compensation. The investigation was carried out from April 2010 to April 2011.
According to the charges, Daniels, while working at the 111th Precinct in Bayside, accessed license plate information and criminal background checks from the NYPD database. He also is charged with giving Curtis a parking placard and allowing him to use Daniels’ bank account to process financial transactions involving drug proceeds.
The information gathering by Daniels was carried out on the computer in his 111th Precinct patrol car.
Authorities were able to link Daniels to criminal activities through an investigation in Wichita, Kan. involving a heroin trafficking ring. Wiretaps there led to Curtis as a supplier to the Kansas group.
Daniels was arrested on his way to work at a housing unit in Brooklyn.