The federal trial against NYPD officer Jose Tejada, 45, begins in Brooklyn today.
Tejada was arrested in April and charged with Hobbs Act robbery, drug trafficking and unlawful use of a firearm in connection with over 100 robberies of drug dealers in the New York City area. Tejada was the third law enforcement official to be charged in connection with the robberies, and had obstruction of justice charges added to the allegations against him after he allegedly used an FBI database to check if there were arrest warrants out for his co-conspirators after he had been arrested, according to government filings.
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Of the more than 100 robberies, prosecutors say Tejada took part in at least three during 2006 and 2007, including one at the Bronx home of a family of three while he was on duty. The family was not remotely connected to any drug trafficking activities, according to government filings, and Tejada allegedly threatened them with his NYPD-issued service weapon.
Twenty-one other people had already been convicted in connection with these robberies when Tejada was arraigned in April, including another NYPD cop and an auxiliary NYPD cop. Tejada is accused of providing the robbery "crew" with NYPD paraphernalia used to gain entry into victims' homes and cars.
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