It wasn’t a cheerful 420 for a police officer caught promoting medicine to an undercover federal informant in New Jersey final week. FBI brokers arrested Ruben McAusland, 26, on Friday, April 20 for promoting medicine together with hashish, crack, heroin, and powder cocaine. McAusland is a patrol officer with the Paterson Police Department.
US Attorney Craig Carpenito introduced that brokers had taken McAusland into custody in a press launch final week. Carpenito’s spokesperson Will Skaggs informed the New York Post that the arrest is uncommon.
“It’s a surprising case — that an officer, who is supposed to be preventing the sale of drugs, did just the opposite,” he stated.
Officer Faces Multiple Allegations
According to a grievance filed by federal prosecutors, McAusland bought medicine to the informant a number of occasions starting in October 2017. At that point he bought the person roughly 35 grams of marijuana, 48 grams of heroin, 31 grams of cocaine, and 31 grams of crack cocaine for less than $50.
McAusland then allegedly bought the informant a pound of weed on two totally different events. The first time he charged $2,500, the second pound value $2,400.
In February of this yr, McAusland provided to promote a kilo of cocaine to the Feds’ snitch. The similar month and on a number of subsequent events, the police officer bought counterfeit Percocet drugs. McAusland charged $7 every for the tablets, which truly contained heroin.
Also in February, whereas in his patrol automotive, he met the customer in a grocery store parking zone close to Paterson PD headquarters. McAusland delivered pattern heroin drugs to the informant at the moment. He then bought heroin drugs to the informant a number of occasions. One transaction in April was for greater than 1,000 of the tablets.
McAusland appeared in federal courtroom on Friday and was launched after posting a $100,000 bail bond. He faces as much as 40 years in federal jail and a $5 million effective if he’s convicted.
Final Hit: Police Officer Caught Selling Drugs To Undercover Federal Informant
McAusland is the third Paterson PD officers busted within the final two weeks. Federal brokers arrested Jonathan Bustios, 28, and Eudy Ramos, 31, on April 11. They face fees of conspiring to deprive people of their civil rights underneath colour of regulation.
Bustios and Ramos allegedly stopped drivers on the street whereas on patrol. After detaining the drivers, the cops carried out unjustified searches of automobiles. The corrupt officers additionally stole money from these they stopped on at the very least one event.
Authorities have additionally charged Bustios with extortion. In that case, he allegedly provided to not arrest a person he had detained if the person in custody helped Bustios acquire a gun. The officer additionally stated he would return money he had seized in change for the firearm.
“I ain’t gonna charge you with resisting, and I’m letting you keep your money, bro. If you don’t wanna make the deal, you don’t have to make the deal,” Bustios advised the person, based on native media.
Bustios and Ramos might serve as much as ten years in jail for the civil rights violations fees. Additionally, Bustios faces twenty extra years behind bars for the extortion case.