You are reading

Former NYPD Officer Indicted for Allegedly Transporting Cocaine Throughout Queens

(Stock Unsplash)

Dec. 13, 2021 By Allie Griffin

A former NYPD officer who once served as a bodyguard for El Chapo’s wife was indicted Friday for allegedly transporting cocaine throughout Queens in 2019.

Ishmael Bailey, of Staten Island, was arraigned in Queens Supreme Court on charges of selling and possessing a controlled substance, receiving bribes, conspiracy and other crimes after he allegedly agreed to deliver cocaine around the borough in exchange for cash.

Bailey, 38, was caught in a sting operation by fellow NYPD officers who posed as drug dealers and paid him cash to move the drugs between August and September 2019. He was arrested soon after and then resigned from the police department.

The former cop first met with one drug dealer — who was actually an undercover police officer — on Aug. 27, 2019. He allegedly agreed to provide security to various dealers who were transporting cocaine across Queens in exchange for cash, according to the charges. He was paid based on the number of kilos he securely transported.

Days later, Bailey met with the same “dealer” on Sept. 4, 2019 in Astoria. He allegedly held open a duffle bag as the dealer placed three packages — one kilo of cocaine and two fakes — inside. He allegedly transported the bag to a parking lot in College Point where another individual — also an undercover officer — met him and took the bag. He was paid $2,500 for moving the cocaine.

About a week later, Bailey again agreed to move cocaine for cash. He met with the same undercover officer posing as a dealer in Astoria and was given $10,000 in cash to pick up two kilos of cocaine from a location in Maspeth, according to the charges. Bailey went to the designated meeting spot and gave the cash to a second individual in exchange for the two kilos of cocaine — one of which was a fake.

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz condemned Bailey for abandoning his duty to enforce the law.

“This defendant, who took an oath to uphold the law, is alleged to have helped protect ‘drug dealers’ and to have personally transported cocaine from various locations in Queens in August and September 2019,” Katz said. “I would like to thank the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau for their hard work investigating this case.”

Bailey was arraigned Friday before Queens Supreme Court Justice Gary Miret on a 13-count indictment charging him with criminal sale of a controlled substance in the first degree, criminal possession of a controlled substance in the first degree, official misconduct, bribe receiving in the second and third degree and conspiracy in the second and fourth degree.

Miret ordered him to return to court on March 8, 2022. Bailey faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

email the author: [email protected]
No comments yet

Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.


The reCAPTCHA verification period has expired. Please reload the page.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

Jamaica man sentenced to five years for $4.5 million bank fraud and money laundering scheme

A Jamaica man was sentenced to five years in federal prison on Monday for his role in a wide-ranging bank fraud and money laundering conspiracy, which resulted in the misappropriation of approximately $4.5 million in victims funds.

Chinwendu Alisigwe, 38, was previously convicted following a trial in Manhattan federal court. According to the indictment and evidence offered at trial, from 2017 to 2020, Alisigwe used fake identifications to open 36 separate bank accounts at six different financial institutions, which he opened with more than a dozen fraudulent passports and other bogus identity documents bearing his photograph, but the names of other individuals.

16-year-old arrested after assault on 68-year-old grandmother heading to church in Jamaica Hills: NYPD

A 16-year-old Jamaica boy was arrested on Thursday and criminally charged in the vicious attack that left a 68-year-old grandmother in critical condition after the teen shoved her while she was heading to church in Jamaica Hills on Sunday morning.

Detectives from the 107th Precinct in Fresh Meadows apprehended the teenager in front of his residence on 89th Avenue in Jamaica following a four-day manhunt. The incident occurred as Irene Tahliambouris was on her way to morning mass on April 7.

Cop injured by glass bottle thrown from 7 train station on Roosevelt Avenue: NYPD

An on-duty NYPD police officer was injured while standing on a foot post when he was struck by a glass bottle that was thrown from the 103rd Street-Corona Plaza, 7 train station above Roosevelt Avenue early Monday morning.

Police from the 110th Precinct in Elmhurst reported that the officer was in uniform standing in front of 103-28 Roosevelt Ave. just before 2 a.m., when a man threw the bottle from the Flushing-bound platform. It struck the officer’s head, causing a laceration and a concussion.