NYPD Officer Accused Of Trafficking Heroin, Stashing Drugs In Home

By Kelly Burch 03/16/18

Authorities claim the officer and her boyfriend stored up to 250 grams of heroin in their apartment as part of a trafficking network. 

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An officer with the New York City Police Department has been accused of trafficking heroin alongside her boyfriend. 

Yessenia Jimenez, 31, was arrested Tuesday. Law enforcement had been investigating her since January, when officers reportedly discovered her boyfriend's phone number in the call log of a suspected drug trafficker in Queens, according to the New York Daily News

On Tuesday, Jimenez was arrested after driving to Massachusetts to meet with another heroin trafficker, authorities said. When police arrested her, they reportedly found $25,000 in cash and her service weapon stuffed into her purse.

Authorities say that Jimenez and her boyfriend, Luis Soto, stored up to 250 grams of heroin in their apartment as part of a trafficking network. 

“As alleged, Yessenia Jimenez, a New York City Police Department officer, along with Luis Soto, trafficked heroin in New York City, the city she took an oath to serve and protect, and used her police department service weapon to carry out her illegal activities,” U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said in a news release.

James P. O’Neill, Police Commissioner of the City of New York, said that the arrest was concerning. “Cops are charged with enforcing the law, not breaking it. Today’s arrest—for serious allegations of trafficking heroin—are troubling,” he said. 

Jimenez has worked for the NYPD since 2015.

“Allegedly, this New York City police officer and her co-defendant pushed heroin onto the streets at the same time that other law enforcement officers across the nation are fighting an opioid epidemic,” said James J. Hunt, the Special Agent-in-Charge of the New York Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

Jimenez and Soto were each charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute at least 100 grams of heroin; one count of possession of at least 100 grams of heroin with intent to distribute; and one count of using and carrying a firearm in relation to their heroin trafficking. Each of the charges has a mandatory minimum of five years in prison. 

Jimenez’s lawyer hopes to have her gun charge dropped, arguing that she was merely doing her job by carrying her service weapon. 

“This is her service weapon,” Mark Gombiner said. “Given that she's a police officer she's kind of mandated (to have) her service weapon with her.”

Jimenez was being held on $75,000 bond Tuesday night, and Soto was held without bail. 

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Kelly Burch writes about addiction and mental health issues, particularly as they affect families. Follow her on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn.