Henry Tavarez, 27, of New York City, and Stephen Anderson, 33, of Long Island, allegedly arrested four innocent men for selling cocaine to the officers last January at Club Delicioso, a bar located at 43-24 91st Place.
"In joining the NYPD, the defendants took an oath to uphold the law and to protect the innocent. Instead, they are accused of knowingly engaging in criminal activity that could have resulted in lengthy prison terms for four innocent men," said Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown.
According to charges in the indictment, Anderson purchased cocaine from two drug dealers. Tavarez claimed he purchased cocaine from four men in a second sale. Following their arrest, one of the men reportedly copied a Club Delicioso security video that verifies they did not interact with the officers.
The indictment alleged that prior to an upcoming grand jury presentment, Anderson told Tavarez to claim he had forgotten the details of the transaction with the innocent men.
The charges against Tavarez and Anderson include conspiracy, unlawful imprisonment, and official misconduct. They face up to nine years in state prison if convicted.
"Such egregious conduct not only taints the reputation of their fellow officers, but erodes public confidence and trust in the department," said Brown. "Such conduct cannot - and will not - be tolerated.” (Holly Tsang)