Three Philadelphia police officers have been arrested in an ambitious alleged conspiracy to steal 300 grams of heroin from an alleged drug supplier and then sell the drugs to another drug dealer. The problem is that the second dealer was a DEA agent as was the money launderer. Arrested are officers Robert Snyder, 30 (shown left); Mark Williams, 27; and James Venziale, 32.
In statements which may find themselves in a defense motion for a venue change, Philadelphia Mayor Nutter stated “I’m personally pissed off about this kind of behavior . . . We do not employ criminals. That’s what they are. That’s how they will be treated.”
Venziale allegedly came up with the scheme after meeting reputed drug dealer Angel “Fat Boy” Ortiz. They targeted Miguel Santiago and arranged with the undercover agent to sell the drugs and launder the money. The officers allegedly also conspired with reputed drug dealer, Zachary Young. The officer were to stop Santaigo’s car to make it seem that the drugs were seized by law enforcement. plan called for officers to perform a staged vehicle stop to make it appear to Santiago that the drugs were seized by law enforcement, the indictment states
On May 14, Williams and Venziale stopped a car occupied by Ortiz and the undercover agent. They handcuffed Ortiz and allowed the other man to drive off with 299 grams of heroin. Williams and Venziale then drove Ortiz in their cruiser to another location and released him. Ortiz later allegedly paid the officers $6,000. He also allegedly paid Christal Snyder an unknown amount of cash.