Guilty plea expected from FHP trooper in bribery case

Accused of taking money to allow prescription drugs into airport

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - A former New York police officer is expected to plead guilty to accepting a bribe to allow a prescription drug dealer to move cash proceeds through an airport, according to court records.

Michael Brady, of Westchester County, just north of New York City, is scheduled to appear Thursday in federal court in Bridgeport for a change of plea. He previously pleaded not guilty.

Defense attorney Joseph Sorrentino confirmed Brady intends to plead guilty to receiving a bribe. He said Brady will not plead guilty to conspiring to distribute the powerful painkiller oxycodone.

"He was up to this very unfortunate chapter in his career a very dedicated and honest public servant," Sorrentino said Wednesday.

Authorities say Brady, a Florida state trooper and three federal Transportation Security Administration officers accepted cash or gift cards in exchange for permitting prescription drug dealers to transport highly addictive painkiller pills and cash proceeds.

Authorities say a dealer told them he provided cash and gift cards to certain TSA officers who screened passengers and luggage at Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach, Fla., and Westchester County Airport in White Plains, N.Y. They say the dealer told them he paid Brady more than $20,000 to ensure he could carry large quantities of cash from the sales through airport security.

Brady resigned in November, Westchester police department spokesman Kieran O'Leary said.
The cases against the other officers are pending.

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