Miami Police sergeant convicted

Raul Iglesias faces 20 years in prison

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MIAMI – A former Miami Police sergeant was convicted on eight charges, including civil rights violations and intent to distribute cocaine and crack cocaine.

The U.S. Department of Justice announced 40-year-old Raul Iglesias' conviction on Friday.

Prosecutors say Iglesias planted cocaine on a suspect, stole drugs and money from suspects, and made false statements to investigators.

"A law enforcement badge brings with it privileges and responsibilities," said U.S. Attorney Wilfredo Ferrer. "Although it bestows on the bearer the trust and respect of the community, the bearer is expected to preserve that trust through his actions: by following the law, doing what is right, and seeking to do justice. Sergeant Iglesias, unfortunately, did just the opposite: he broke the law by planting drugs on a private citizen, distributing drugs, obstructing justice, and making false statements. My office, and the honest and dedicated men and women in law enforcement, have zero tolerance for such corruption." 

Sentencing is scheduled for March 28. Iglesias faces up to 20 years in prison.