It seems as though the NYPD just can’t seem to stay out of the news for the wrong reasons. All too often, the Big Apple’s law enforcement arm makes headlines for violating NYC residents and/or breaking the laws they are sworn in to uphold. The latest instance of NYPD misconduct involves retired detective Saed Rabah. According to reports, the 20-year veteran of the force helped a city drug dealer to evade arrest by lying to the feds for him.
According to the NY Daily News, Rabah and the unnamed dealer in question (who is not identified in court documents) first encountered each other in a 2014 drug bust. After that, the dealer flipped and turned snitch, then Rabah took over as his handler.
The feds described the arrangement between the detective and dealer as a “corrupt relationship.” The root of the embattled former cop’s problems occurred in May 2016 when the disgraced dealer popped up on the DEA’s radar due to the fact that he still continued to pump drugs in and around Yonkers. DEA agents contacted Rabah in an attempt to find a working number for the dealer. The prosecution accused Rabah of giving the agents a bad number intentionally.
According to the New York Post, Rabah was also getting money with the dealer. The corrupt cop allegedly shared in the profits of an illegal sports-betting operation that the dealer was running. For his cut, Rabah attracted bettors and brought them to the illicit gambling business to drop bread. Furthermore, prosecutors alleged that Rabah and the dealer took a trip to Las Vegas together in July 2016 and Rabah notified the dealer when one of his workers “delivered drugs in a suspicious manner that would get the attention of cops.”
On Friday, Rabah pleaded guilty to one count of obstruction of justice in White Plains federal court for giving the feds the fugazi phone number. He is facing up to 20 years in prison for the crime but could end up with a much more lenient sentence of a little over three years.