Feds: 2 Philly police officers robbed confidential informant, drug dealers
Updated at 2:55 p.m.
Two Philadelphia police officers have been arrested and charged in trafficking drugs and robbing alleged drug dealers while in uniform.
Jonathan Garcia and Sydemy Joanis reportedly were honored in 2010 as the 17th district Officers of the Month for a drug arrest.
Garcia was arrested last year. Joanis was arrested today.
According to a Grand Jury indictment unsealed today, Garcia and Joanis were on duty and in full uniform when they stopped and searched people they suspected of drug trafficking for the purpose of stealing their drugs.
Garcia and Joanis allegedly used a confidential source to buy drugs from several alleged dealers and plant other drugs - usually crack cocaine - inside the dealers' cars. The set-ups would result in the arrests of the dealers.
The officers allegedly split the proceeds of the robberies between themselves, according to the indictment.
On four occassions in May and June 2012, Garcia was in uniform when he allegedly sold heroin.
In June 2012, while on active duty, Garcia and Joanis officers allegedly stole $2,030 and seven OxyContin pills from a confidential informant, the indictment states.
Both officers are charged with conspiracy to commit robbery, attempted robbery, robbery, and carrying a firearm during a crime of violence. In addition, Garcia was charged with four counts of distributing heroin.
Contact staff writer Sam Wood at 215 854 2796, @samwoodiii or firstname.lastname@example.org
A Philadelphia police officer was arrested this morning and charged with conspiracy to commit robbery and related counts.
Sydemy Joanis, of the 17th district, was ordered to be held without bail.
The case is in connection with a previous police scandal that erupted in August last year.
According to federal and city authorities, another officer assigned to the 17th district, Jonathan Garcia, attempted to rob someone he thought he was a pill dealer of more than $2,000 in cash and drugs. Garcia was on duty and in full uniform when the incident allegedly occurred. The case came to light after another officer alerted Internal Affairs. Garcia was also charged with selling heroin on four occasions.
A news conference about Joanis is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. at the U.S. Attorney’s office.