An NYPD officer, Grace Rosa Baez, has been arrested for her alleged involvement in a conspiracy to distribute kilogram quantities of dangerous narcotics, including fentanyl and heroin. The accused officer and her alleged accomplice, Cesar Martinez, were apprehended in Yonkers.
The criminal complaint detailed the alleged activities of Baez and Martinez, which spanned from October 9-19 this year. During this period, the accused had numerous discussions with a confidential source regarding wholesale narcotics trafficking. Baez and Martinez subsequently offered to sell the source kilogram quantities of fentanyl, heroin, and cocaine.
The case took a significant turn on October 19. It was then that Baez allegedly handed over packages containing suspected narcotics to the source in Yonkers. This exchange included a kilogram of suspected heroin. The accused officer engaged in some of these alleged offenses while on duty, further amplifying the gravity of the situation.
Baez and Martinez face severe charges, including conspiracy to distribute fentanyl and heroin, as well as narcotics distribution, with the potential for lengthy prison sentences.
The United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Damian Williams, announced the charges against Baez and Martinez on Friday, October 20. Authorities explicitly emphasized the gravity of the situation in their press release. They underscored how the accused allegedly violated their sworn duty to protect and serve the people of New York City by pushing lethal drugs, contributing to the ongoing opioid crisis. Williams highlighted the role of Baez in distributing these deadly narcotics, leading to countless tragic deaths in New York.
FBI Assistant Director James Smith expressed his concern over Baez and Martinez’s alleged involvement in distributing dangerous narcotics. And how it stood in direct violation of their duty to protect the community. Smith pledged that the FBI would continue to investigate and hold those who endanger the community through narcotics sales accountable.
NYPD Police Commissioner Edward A. Caban expressed deeply unease by the charges, stating that there is no place for corruption within the NYPD. He reiterated that if found guilty, Baez would face the greatest punishment as prescribed by the law.
These charges raise alarms throughout Yonkers and greater New York metro community. They underline the devastating consequences of the opioid crisis and the importance of maintaining integrity within law enforcement agencies.