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NYPD Officer Arrested For Allegedly Helping Group Rob Drug Dealers

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- A New York City police officer was in big trouble Wednesday evening, after allegedly helping a group of criminals rob drug dealers.

Officer Jose Tejada, 45, was charged following an Internal Affairs Bureau investigation, police said.

He was charged specifically with conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act robbery. A violation of the Hobbs Act involves three elements – an obstruction or interference interstate commerce, a robbery or extortion attempt, and a threat or use of violence, police explained.

Sources told CBS 2 the charges involved a conspiracy to rob drug dealers in 2006 and 2007.

Drug Enforcement Administration agents slapped handcuffs on Tejada on Wednesday afternoon at John F. Kennedy International Airport. He had been returning from the Dominican Republic, according to published reports.

He allegedly acted as an "intelligence czar" for criminals who robbed drug dealers of at least $1 million in cash and products in the Bronx and Brooklyn, according to a New York Post report.

Tejada was to be arraigned Thursday afternoon on the indictment in Brooklyn U.S. District Court.

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