Former Titusville Cop Gets 10 Years On Drug Charges

By  //  April 1, 2015

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Former Titusville police officer Richard Irizarry, 45, of Viera, was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Tuesday for participating in a drug deal. (Image for SpaceCoastDaily.com)

Former Titusville Police Officer Richard Irizarry Will Serve Time In Solitary For Own Protection

ORLANDO, FLORIDA – Former Titusville police officer Richard Irizarry, 45, of Viera,  was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Tuesday for participating in a drug deal.

In January, a federal jury found Irizarry guilty of attempting to help distribute one kilogram of cocaine, and using a cellular telephone to commit a drug trafficking offense.

Irizarry was arrested by Drug Enforcement Administration agents last March and charged with attempting to aid and abet the distribution of cocaine, possessing a firearm in furtherance of drug distribution and using a telephone to facilitate drug distribution.

He will serving time in solitary for his own protection as a former police officer, prosecutors said.

According to testimony and evidence presented at trial, Irizarry joined the Titusville Police Department in 2010 as a sworn law enforcement officer.

In the summer of 2013, he responded to an apartment complex and befriended a person, who, unbeknownst to Irizarry, was a U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency confidential informant.

In the summer of 2013, he responded to an apartment complex and befriended a person, who, unbeknownst to Irizarry, was a U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency confidential informant.

While at a New Year’s Eve party in 2013, Irizarry told the informant that he knew that he was a drug dealer, and that Irizarry wanted to get into the drug business with him to make money.

On New Year’s Day, the informant reported the conversation to the DEA, which immediately initiated an investigation.

On several occasions, Irizarry met with or called the informant, who recorded all of their meetings and telephone conversations.

Irizarry often used his official police vehicle to meet the informant after his shift was over.

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On January 13, 2014, Irizarry looked up a license plate in a confidential database for the informant and identified it as belonging to an undercover DEA car.

On another occasion, while on duty and in uniform, Irizarry parked his patrol car 50 feet away from the informant and an undercover agent that Irizarry believed was also a drug dealer.

Vincent A. Citro

Vincent A. Citro

After listening to his police radio, Irizarry used his cellphone to tell the informant that it was safe to do a deal.

Following that call, the informant handed the undercover agent what Irizarry believed was a kilogram of cocaine. For protecting the drug deal, the informant paid Irizarry $500.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Vincent A. Citro.


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