An NYPD officer from Queens is accused of leading a double life, using his badge to feed information to a drug dealer and dole out cash to New York suppliers, officials said Tuesday.
Officer Devon Daniels, 30, was arrested at his home Tuesday after federal investigators accused him of acting as a middle man for a Kansas-based heroin supplier.
Between April 2010 and April 2011, the officer accessed NYPD and FBI databases to get information on the drug operation run by Guy Curtis and to watch his associates, according to the criminal complaint. Daniels ran license plate numbers and checked for outstanding arrest warrants, according to the complaint.
In one instance, investigators said Daniels arrived at the scene when one of Curtis' associates was arrested and provided a play-by-play to the drug supplier, who was being wiretapped by authorities.
Curtis pleaded guilty in January in federal court to dealing heroin.
Daniels, who worked out the NYPD's Brooklyn housing unit, set up a bank account into which Curtis' dealers wired money to him, according to officials.
Prosecutors say the evidence against Daniels includes text messages between him and Curtis. They say that in one text, Daniels told the dealer that he did a warrant check on the dealer's name and that "nothing showed up" and everything was clean.
The NYPD said it had suspected the five-year veteran of the illegal actions and had cooperated with the federal investigation.
A federal judge in Brooklyn released Daniels, who was not formally indicted, on $150,000 bond. He was placed under house arrest at his parents' home in Queens.
His family, who cosigned the bond, declined to talk to reporters.