FBI: WC cop paid to look the other way in drug smuggling
A Westchester County police officer has been arrested for his alleged role in an illegal prescription drug ring, dubbed "Operation Blue Coast."
Federal officials say officer Michael Brady was one of 20 people involved in the drug pipeline. They say the ring transported thousands of prescription painkillers from Florida to New York and Connecticut through the Westchester County Airport in Harrison.
The FBI says it recorded phone conversations and text messages between Brady and others. Investigators say that while Brady appeared concerned about getting caught, he was complicit in the operation.
Brady was allegedly paid between $300 to $600 to look the other way each time the drug dealer traveled through the airport, eventually netting about $20,000.
Authorities say when the drug dealer was stopped in April for carrying nearly $100,000 through the airport, Brady ordered transportation officers to drop the investigation.
Three TSA agents have also been charged, and Westchester officials say operations within the police department and the airport are now under review.
Police officials say Brady has been suspended without pay.County police officer arrested in alleged drug smuggling ring