Titusville Police Officer Taken Into Custody By DEA
By Space Coast Daily // March 6, 2014
indicted on federal charges today
BREVARD COUNTY • TITUSVILLE, FLORIDA – Richard Irizzary, a Titusville police officer on administrative leave since January, was taken into custody today by DEA agents and the Titusville Police Internal Affairs Investigator after he was indicted on federal charges.
Irizzary, a patrol officer since March 2010, was taken into custody as he arrived at police headquarters this morning for a scheduled interview.
While his badge and gun were seized back in January when he was placed on administrative leave, the department will move to suspend him without pay after a due process hearing. Terminations cannot take place until the completion of an Internal Investigation.
Federal charges include To Aid & Abet the Possession with Intent to Distribute Controlled Substance while armed with a Firearm, and Use of a Communication Device to Aid the Possession of Controlled Substances.
Titusville Police Chief John Lau and other members of his command staff have been working directly with the DEA since January when the department first learned of the allegations.
“We were appalled and shocked when we learned of these allegations and immediately offered our complete cooperation,” said Titusville Police Chief John Lau. “We have been working in tandem with DEA investigators on this isolated incident that does not involve any other department member.”
While department members are outraged that someone entrusted by the community could be charged with such a serious offense, they know this arrest does not represent the men and women of the Titusville Police.
“The law enforcement profession has absolutely no room for employees with no integrity and the second a police officer breaks their oath and commits a crime, they are no longer a police officer,” said Chief Lau.
The Titusville Police Department said it will be able to comment on the specifics of the internal investigation when it has concluded, which could take several weeks.
Irizzary was taken directly to the federal courthouse in Orlando by DEA agents after his arrest. The federal charges in the indictment carry a minimum mandatory prison sentence of 10 years.