“Really an Aberration”: NY Officer Pleads Guilty To 100 Armed Robberies, Stealing 250 Kilograms of Cocaine, and $1 Million

Emmanuel Tavarez, 31, was a one-man crime wave. He was also a cop. Tavarez is facing trial after using his NYPD connections to run a crew that dressed up as officers and stole drugs and cash. An eight-year NYPD veteran, Tavaraz is responsible for more than 100 armed robberies of narcotics traffickers. Yet, despite what he agreed was “overwhelming evidence of his client’s guilt, attorney Raymond L. Colon insisted “[f]or all intents and purposes he was a fine officer. This was really an aberration, I think.”

Tavarez obtained NYPD police jackets and equipment for his crew to convince drug dealers that they were all police officers.

He now faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment for robbery conspiracy, conspiracy to distribute heroin and cocaine, and the use of a firearm during the raids.

He might not want to push the business of being a “fine officer” and just focus on the fact that he pleaded guilty.

Source: CityRoom

47 thoughts on ““Really an Aberration”: NY Officer Pleads Guilty To 100 Armed Robberies, Stealing 250 Kilograms of Cocaine, and $1 Million”

  1. Misprision of felony has a maximum sentence of 3 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. misprision of a felony (conspiracy to possess marijuana
    with intent to distribute) in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 4 (1994),
    so the felony can be a state crime but the failure to report is a federal crime.

    You heard you can’t be required to testify against your spouse? CLYDE PARRISH provided false information when interviewed by the FBI on July 14, 2004, concerning his wife’s scheme, and thereafter failed to notify authorities that his wife was committing fraud and pled guilty to misprision of felony.

    “Howard Awand, 65, of Vevay, Indiana, entered a plea of guilty to one count of misprision of felony before Senior U.S. District Judge Justin L. Quackenbush. Under federal law, in order to prove that person has committed misprision of a felony, prosecutors must show that a defendant knew that another person committed a felony, concealed this information, and did not notify appropriate authorities about the crime as soon as possible….Awand knew that Gage and Kabins had committed mail fraud by sending Dr. Kabins’s report and false deposition testimony to an expert to be used to build a case to sue Dr. Burkhead. Awand concealed this information and did not report it to proper authorities.”

    You heard you can’t be required to testify against yourself, that you can “take the 5th”? “Murray pleaded guilty to misprision of a felony for not reporting that he was paying a contracting officer with the U.S. Postal Service to secure contracts for his company.”

    Friman Romero was a UPS driver who was charged with misprison because he was questioned by members of the Task Force regarding these packages and his dealings with the intended recipient of the packages of cocaine, ROMERO disclosed the existence of the federal investigation to the person that the cocaine was shipped to, and then allegedly made false statements to the Task Force agents who were investigating the missing cocaine, and concealed evidence regarding the cocaine, as well.

    Dang, 39, had asked Phan, 21, to travel with her to Houston for cosmetic surgery. After they had left Ohio, Dang informed Phan that her original story was false and that she planned to pick up Ecstasy pills in Houston to bring back to their hometown. Phan admitted today that after he learned of the real purpose of the trip, he continued and did nothing to stop the criminal activity of Dang. He pleaded guilty to Misprision of a Felony.

    SPIGNER accrued substantial profits, enabling him to purchase multiple top-end vehicles, including a Bentley, and to maintain at least 5 homes in Georgia and South
    Carolina. SPIGNER’s wife admitted to helping him facilitate his drug business. She was sentenced to 3 years in prison.

    PADILLA had obtained and shipped over 1,000 kilograms of cocaine to the East Coast. Judge Wanger concluded that a prison sentence of 262 months was just punishment in light of PADILLA’s leadership role in the “active distribution to street gangs” and his willingness to involve witting and unwitting family members in his drug trafficking activities. For example, PADILLA involved his sister and co-defendant LORENA PEREZ in concealing his drug proceeds. Drug agents seized from PEREZ’s home in Merced $1,089,000 in cash derived from PADILLA’s drug trafficking activities.

  2. Blouise

    Being in jail (with no criminal charge) caused me to be at least somewhat aware of what happens to people with no rights. Previously, like most of the bloggers here, I always assumed that I would have rights because I am a natural born U.S. citizen, daughter of a WWII vet, white, middle class for most of my life etc.

    So when I was in jail I started out basically prejudiced against the other inmates who I assumed were criminal.

    I met a really nice woman but for months I was really suspicious of her because she was in jail. But I ended up liking her.

    She was over 50 and had no criminal record at all. She was a successful entrepreneur having owned and operated a successful bar and restaurant.

    She was in jail for almost 6 months with no trial. She was a federal prisoner. She was denied bail.

    The charge was misprison of felony. She was accused of not turning in her son for being a drug dealer. Apparently the feds had tapped her phone and that gave them evidence that she had known her son was a drug dealer but not turned him in.

    The problem is that drug using and therefore drug dealing is so pervasive in our society that it is county practice to know that people are dealing and not turn them in. As evidence to that, there was an advice columnist who was asked if people should turn in drug dealers and who advised not to unless they were dealing to children. I read this in the Rocky Mountain News while I was incarcerated with a woman who didn’t even use drugs who was accused of not turning in a drug dealer.

    Probably a similar situation to that of many people during prohibition.

    I was also in a holding cell with a different woman who said the feds arrested the entire floor of her apartment building because there was one apartment that had a drug dealer.

    In Steamboat I think that I was ridiculed for asking about my neighbor’s apparent drug dealing (as I believe but can[t prove). If it had been a legitimate business, selling pizza, it still would have adversely affected me because it brought a lot of traffic into a residential neighborhood and because of their zoning violations, resulted in a lot of people using my driveway and waking us up, disturbing our sleep and those of our children, who had adverse affects.

  3. Old poster … I’ll email you

    Can you explain that Misprision of felony charge … back in the post:

    1, April 27, 2011 at 3:33 pm


    And what in the hell was OS going on about on that other thread? I couldn’t find anything you’d written … was he joking around?

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