NEW YORK — An off duty police officer who provided security for the wife of El Chapo during the Kingpin’s trial, has been charged with selling and possessing cocaine, in addition to other crimes, for allegedly providing security on two occasions when cocaine was transported from various locations within Queens, earlier this month.
Acting District Attorney Ryan said, “The defendant – a 12-year-veteran of the police department – took an oath to enforce the law. 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 this case.”
Police Commissioner O’Neill said, “In this case, the first-class investigators of the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau identified an officer who allegedly betrayed his sacred oath to the department and to the City and built a case to weed him out.”
“In partnership with members of the Integrity Bureau of the Queens District Attorney’s Office, IAB has again proved that there is no place for corruption within the NYPD.” Continued Commissioner O’Neill. “When an individual officer intentionally tarnishes the shield worn proudly by thousands before him, he will be held to the highest account the law provides.”
The District Attorney’s Office identified the defendant as Ishmael Bailey, 36, of Richmond County, New York. The defendant is being held pending arraignment on a complaint charging him 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. If convicted Bailey faces up to 15 years in prison.
According to the charges, said Acting DA Ryan, the defendant on August 27, 2019, met with an individual whom he believed was a drug dealer. The “dealer” was actually an undercover police officer. The two discussed transporting drugs within Queens County. The defendant allegedly agreed
to provide security as cocaine was being taken from one point in Queens to another area within the county. For his services, the defendant is alleged to have agreed to a cash payment for each kilo of cocaine he secured.
Continuing, according to the charges, the defendant on September 4, 2019, met with the same “dealer” in Astoria, Queens. 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. 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.
According to the complaint, the defendant again on September 12, 2019, provided his security services for cash. Bailey met with the same undercover officer in Astoria. This time, the defendant was given $10,000 cash to pick up 2 kilos of cocaine from a location in Maspeth, Queens. Bailey met with a second individual at the designated meeting spot and gave the cash to the individual there and retrieved two packages – one package was a kilo of cocaine and the second package was a fake.