(UPDATE) Former cop convicted of tipping off drug traffickers

538 East Indiana Avenue Kensington
538 East Indiana Ave. in Kensington, where the DEA monitored drug trafficking activities. Courtesy Google Maps

Former Philadelphia Police Officer Rafael Cordero, 52, was convicted Monday on charges of interfering with a federal investigation, federal prosecutors announced.

Cordero, a 23-year veteran of the force, fed information to his half-brother David Garcia, a member of a drug trafficking organization led by Christian Serrano and Edwin Medina, about the investigation into their illegal activities.

In 2011, Cordero told Garcia about a surveillance camera installed at a garage at 538 East Indiana Ave. in Kensington by the DEA to monitor Serrano and Medina’s activities.

After law enforcement raided several locations associated with Medina and Serrano, Cordero went to the garage at 538 E. Indiana Ave. and was looking in the windows, when he was spotted by law enforcement.

After being questioned, Cordero lied about why he was there and offered to help with the investigation without giving his name.

Cordero later contacted Garcia and told him about the raid. Garcia had previously removed a tape with footage of Cordero at the garage.

Cordero was later questioned and lied about his communications with Garcia and the fact that he had passed information regarding cooperating witnesses on to Garcia, prosecutors said.

Cordero could face up to 20 years in prison.

UPDATE 4:00 p.m.: Sentencing has been scheduled for March 3, 2014.

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