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Police lieutenant charged with drug offenses gets out on bail

A police lieutenant who was charged in a federal drug crimes case has recently been granted bail. The judge ruled to set the man's bond at $500,000 during his bond hearing. Still, the ex-police lieutenant, who was charged with drug offenses and other crimes, will have to don an ankle bracelet monitoring system and give up his passport during the remainder of his criminal proceedings.

According to the man's defense attorney, he was granted bond because of his status as a decorated and honored police officer with 22 years in the service. The accused man, who allegedly goes by the nickname "The Milk Man," also has excellent ties with his family and the community, his attorney said. Further, he agreed to appear at a New Jersey hearing within the next couple of weeks.

The FBI has accused the ex-police lieutenant of using his status as an officer of the law to protect and provide sensitive information to a cocaine trafficking ring. Supposedly the organization made use of banana shipments to smuggle contraband into the United States from Ecuador and the Dominican Republic. Police have also accused the man of organizing the murder of rival gang members; however, the assassination was never actually carried out.

Being charged with drug offenses and other crimes in federal court comes with the possibility of spending the rest of one's life in prison in the event of conviction. However, if this man continues to obtain minor victories in the courtroom -- such as his recent success in gaining the right to be released on bail -- he may be able to avoid a lifetime sentence if he is ultimately convicted. In the best of outcomes, New Jersey residents who are accused of crimes could even succeed in getting some or all of their charges dropped.

Source: NBC Miami, "Miami-Dade Police Officer Granted Bond in Cocaine Case", , April 14, 2014

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