He escaped a federal indictment unscathed, but a positive test for marijuana means one of the acquitted former narcotics officers will be re-fired from the police force.
Perry Betts, one of six former narcotics officers acquitted in May of various corruption charges including allegedly beating and robbing drug dealers, will be suspended with intent to dismiss on Monday, the Daily News reported.
An arbitrator ordered Betts and former codefendants Michael Spicer, Brian Reynolds, John Speiser, Linwood Norman and Thomas Liciardello rehired to new assignments with the police department with $90,000 in back-pay after their acquittal.
But Betts' drug test means he will now be re-fired.
The Fraternal Order of Police doesn't intend to fight the termination, the Daily News said.
Betts and four other defendants named in a letter by D.A. Seth Williams to police commissioner Charles Ramsey saying he wouldn't rely on their testimony are parties to a pending lawsuit against Williams, Ramsey and the city.
Linwood Norman was not named in that letter and is not party to the lawsuit.
The seventh member of the narcotics unit, Jeffrey Walker, who testified for the federal government in the case, was sentenced to three-and-a-half years for the crimes he admitted to participating in during his testimony.
He received a lenient sentence due to his cooperation with the prosecution, even though he didn't get any convictions.
Despite the acquittal, hundreds of civil lawsuits were filed against the city related to the alleged conduct of the indicted officers. Those suits are still pending.