NYPD Cop Allegedly Caught Selling Cocaine, Pot

By Paul Gaita 06/16/17

The officer's lawyer suggests the six-year veteran of the force is the victim of entrapment.

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A New York Police Department (NYPD) officer is facing a minimum eight-year prison sentence for narcotics trafficking after being arrested for selling drugs to an undercover officer.

Nysia Stroud, 29, a six-year veteran with the NYPD's Fleet Services Division, transported what Manhattan district attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. described as "large quantities of cocaine and marijuana" on four separate occasions between April 26 and June 1, 2017. 

Prosecutors say that an undercover NYPD officer posing as a drug courier paid Stroud more than $2,000 for the deliveries, which she coordinated using the code phrase "shopping at Woodbury" in communications. The officer also told the undercover officer that she would use her NYPD badge to avoid arrest if they encountered other officers during the transaction.

Stroud, who was suspended from the NYPD following her arrest, pleaded not guilty to two felony counts of drug possession and four misdemeanor counts of official misconduct in a Manhattan court on June 13.

The NYPD's Internal Affairs Bureau began investigating Stroud in 2015 after allegations were first made about her involvement in illegal activities. At the time of her arrest, Stroud was already the subject of an internal probe—the focus of which was not specified to media sources—and had been placed on "modified duty," for which she was limited to desk work and divested of her sidearm.

According to Stroud's lawyer, Alex Grosshtern, the scrutiny of the existing probe would have been reason enough for her to stay far afield of bigger problems like drug trafficking. "She was being closely watched," he said. "She knew she was in trouble. Why would she be doing this while being watched under a microscope?" 

Grosshtern also suggested that his client might be the victim of entrapment. "It defies common sense that she would be engaged in criminality of such magnitude during the time when she’s being watched under a microscope, under such scrutiny, on modified leave," he said. However, DA Vance found no ambiguities in the charges against Stroud.

"Brazen criminal conduct by a member of law enforcement constitutes a grievous breach of duty and public trust," he said in a statement. "As alleged in this case, the defendant is charged with participating in narcotics trafficking and carrying out the very bad acts she was entrusted to stop, undermining important public safety efforts to keeps our streets safe, clean, and free of harmful, illegal drugs."

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Paul Gaita lives in Los Angeles. He has contributed to the Los Angeles Times, Variety, LA Weekly, Amazon.com and The Los Angeles Beat, among many other publications and websites.