(John Del Signore) A 17-year veteran of the NYPD was arrested at JFK airport yesterday upon his return from the Dominican Republic. Jose Tejada, 45, is accused of participating in a violent robbery ring that stole money and drugs from suspected drug dealers. According to prosecutors, Tejada took part in at least three robberies in 2006 and 2007 while in uniform. The Harlem cop allegedly supplied the crew with police uniforms, NYPD vehicles, and other equipment which they used for robberies that netted over $1 million and 250 kilos in cocaine.
If any of this sounds familiar, it's not just because of that Ethan Hawke movie. Another cop, Emmanuel Tavarez, was busted for participating in the same crew and was sentenced to 25 years in prison last year. The federal probe into the violent gang has been going on for five years, and 21 members of the gang have since been arrested, including an auxiliary police officer.