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NYPD Officer Arrested For Kilo Fentanyl Sale Pled Guilty Now Co-Defendant Follow Suit

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

SDNY EXCLUSIVE, April 30 – A NYPD officer who was on modified duty for three years was arrested and presented on October 20 in Federal court for trying to selling kilo-weight fentanyl. Inner City Press was there. She was released on $100,000 bond. 

  U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Magistrate Judge James L. Cott was presiding. Inner City Press thread:

AUSA Amanda Weingarten: Rosa Grace Baez worked in the NYPD precinct in the East Village, this was her side hustle. She had a kilo press with her boyfriend Cesar Martines. She was placed on modified duty 3 years ago. It is eggregious. She resigned yesterday.

CJA: She wants bail

Defense: She owns a house in the Bronx, has 2 children. Her father flew up from the Dominican Republic today to be here. Don't put a now former police officer in the MDC...

 AUSA: My understanding is that the investigation of Baez 3 years ago was for consorting with gang members and drug dealers. [Echo of US v Mestre case Inner City Press first covered here

 Judge: I am setting bail for Ms Baez: $100,000 bond with 2 co-signers. She can be released on her own signature today, home detention in her Arnow Ave home.

Jump cut to March 28, 2024 - Baez out of custody, and Martinez in from the MDC, appeared before Judge Denise L. Cote, who set an October 21, 2024 trial date. AUSA Weingarten said she had gotten the funds to blur a cooperating witness out of a video to be provided in discovery. There were supporters, for both, in the courtroom.

Jump cut to April 16, when she pled guilty: "GRACE ROSA BAEZ pled guilty today to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin, fentanyl, and para-fluorofentanyl.  BAEZ pled guilty before U.S. District Judge Denise L. Cote."

On April 30, her co-defendant Cesar Martinez also pled guilty, with sentencing set for July 30 at 2:30 pm.

The case is now US v. Baez et al., 24-cr-164 (Cote)


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