Former HPD Officers Plead Guilty In Drug Case

CICELY MITCHELL, CBS Houston

HOUSTON (CBS Houston) Two former Houston police officers have pleaded guilty to charges related to taking a bribe in an effort to protect a vehicle that was transporting cocaine.

According to reports, both Emerson Canizales and Michael Miceli pleaded guilty in Houston federal court on Friday to conspiracy to violate the Hobbs Act, or better known as the extortion under color of official right.

A joint task force spearheaded by Canizales and Miceli, both 27 years old, offered protection to a vehicle with narcotics en route to Houston. The two former officers admitted to splitting $1,000 that was paid to them for their efforts.

Canizales and Miceli who are scheduled to be sentenced on September 27th, face up to 20 years in prison and a possible $250,000 fine. Each of the men also remains free on bond.

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