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Ex-NYC correction officer sentenced in drug case

September 17, 2013
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — A former New York City correction officer has been sentenced to eight years in prison after being convicted in a bribery and drug case.

Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Bonnie Wittner issued the multi-year term Tuesday.

Whitfield was convicted at trial in May on charges of drug possession, conspiracy, bribery and official misconduct. Information on his lawyer was not immediately available.

Officials say the 51-year-old officer negotiated a bribe in the Rikers Island kitchen with an inmate, promising to shorten the inmate's sentence in exchange for three kilograms of cocaine worth about $100,000.

The inmate was not released and Whitifield retired shortly after his April 2011 arrest.

Authorities say the case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the New York Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Strike Force.



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