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Coke was it for an allegedly dirty cop

DA’s Office says he helped move drug; friends claim he’s wrongfully accused

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Posted: Thursday, September 26, 2019 10:30 am

A city cop’s got the smuggler’s blues after allegedly moonlighting as a cocaine cowboy helping transport the drug around Queens in what turned out to be a sting operation.

Officer Ishmael Bailey, 36, of Staten Island was charged with first-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, first-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, second-degree conspiracy, second-degree bribe receiving and official misconduct, the Queens District Attorney’s Office announced Sept. 18. If convicted he faces up to 15 years in prison.

Bailey allegedly met with a person he thought was a drug dealer on Aug. 27, and the two discussed transporting cocaine from one spot in Queens to another, with Bailey agreeing to provide security for the shipment in exchange for cash. He didn’t know the dealer was actually an undercover cop.

The two met again on Sept. 4 in Astoria, prosecutors say.

“The defendant allegedly held open a black and red duffle bag as three packages were placed inside the bag — one package was a kilo of cocaine and the other two were fakes,” the DA’s office said in a press release. “Bailey was paid $2500 and the bag was transported to a parking lot in College Point, Queens, where an individual — another undercover police officer — took possession of the duffle bag.”

Then on Sept. 12, Bailey allegedly met up with the undercover officer again in Astoria and was given $10,000 in cash to pick up two kilos of coke from a location in Maspeth. He went to the spot, gave the money to a person there and retrieved two packages, one a kilo of the real stuff and the other a fake one.

“The defendant — a 12-year-veteran of the police department — took an oath to enforce the law,” acting Queens DA John Ryan said in a prepared statement. “Today, sadly, he is accused of taking part in an illicit drug operation. This kind of malfeasance will not be tolerated. I want to thank the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau for their hard work on thiscase.”

Bailey was still being held on $25,000 cash bail or $50,000 bond as of Tuesday afternoon, according to the city Department of Correction. He is next due in court Oct. 3.

Bailey’s girlfriend, Rell Turner, with whom he has two children, started a GoFundMe page to help with his bail and other legal expenses. The page had raised $2,710 toward its $7,000 goal by 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.

“We read about the terrible injustices that happen in our nation daily,” Turner said on the page. “But never did we think it would hit close to home. Ishmael’s name has been attached to outlandish, false accusations in the media as of late. He is a father, a family man, a good brother and friend but what he is not is a criminal. He would support and give his last for those he loves and right now, in his time of need we ask that you do the same. Help bring him home to his children and family so that he can fight this on the outside.

“Too many of our brothers and sisters are victims of ‘our’ tainted system. We thank you for your continued support, and please remain neutral as the truth will eventually be revealed. On behalf of Ishmael’s family we have started this go fund me to assist with his bail and any legal fees going forward. We thank you all for your continued support and for standing by him in his time of need.”

Words of support were also posted on Bailey’s Facebook page.

“Please — If you really friends of Ishmael Bailey please support the Go Fund Me please anything helps to get to the goal we need to bail him out please help this good brother out we all know these accusations are false and tarnish he’s name. Please show support!!!!!!!!!!!,” a man named Jaysen Ducrepin said.

“Sounds like a setup,” another named Carter Jen said.

Some posters, however, contended that Bailey is guilty.

“Piece of s--t got greedy,” Kevin Jay said. “Made almost 100k last year but wanted more. SMH. human garbage.”

“Kevin Jay I’m all for your pink racist ass, what’s good!!!” poster Tianna Marie said in response.

Press reports said that during the trial of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the Mexican drug lord, Bailey provided security for his wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro. The New York Post reported that during a jailhouse interview, Bailey denied knowing who she was at the time and quit the job when he found out.

The Daily News said Bailey was suspended upon his arrest. It also reported that a source said he had played for the NYPD’s football team three years ago — photos on his Facebook page show him in uniform for the squad — but that he was kicked off it because of “trouble he got in with the department.” The paper did not say what that trouble was.

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