Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the trial conviction of NYSIA STROUD, 30, a New York City police officer assigned to the NYPD’s Fleet Services Division, for transporting marijuana and more than one kilogram of cocaine in exchange for money. A New York State Supreme Court jury found the defendant guilty of each count in the indictment against her: two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the First Degree and four counts of Official Misconduct. She is expected to be sentenced on June 4, 2018.
“When those entrusted to enforce the law abuse their positions to commit crime, they undermine the credibility of the entire law enforcement community and put the safety of our citizens at risk,” said District Attorney Vance. “This defendant—a New York City police officer—took an oath to protect and serve, and she deliberately violated that oath when she misused her police badge to transport thousands of dollars in illicit drugs. As made clear by the jury’s verdict, no one—not even a police officer—is above the law, and I would like to thank my office’s Public Corruption Unit for holding her accountable.”
As proven at trial, between April and June 2017, the defendant earned money for illicitly transporting narcotics and marijuana for an undercover police officer posing as a drug courier. Shortly after meeting the undercover officer in March 2017, STROUD began transporting large quantities of cocaine and marijuana in exchange for payments ranging from $250 to $1,000. During this time, the defendant disclosed her own status as a police officer and told the undercover officer that she would display her NYPD badge to avoid further investigation and potential arrest if they were stopped by other members of law enforcement. To conceal their activities, STROUD also devised a code, “shopping at Woodbury,” to use for any communications regarding future drug deliveries. In total, the defendant received more than $2,000 for transporting marijuana and more than one kilogram of cocaine on four separate occasions.
The investigation began after NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau (“IAB”) received allegations that the defendant was involved in narcotics-related activity.
Assistant D.A.s Robert Cannata and Stephanie Minogue handled the prosecution of the case under the supervision of Assistant D.A.s Julio Cuevas, Jr., Deputy Chief of the Public Corruption Unit, and Luke Rettler, Chief of the Public Corruption Unit, as well as Executive Assistant D.A. Michael Sachs, Chief of the Investigation Division. Senior Rackets Investigator Edward Johnson provided additional assistance with the investigation, under the supervision of Supervising Rackets Investigator Alexander Farrugia and Chief Investigator Walter Alexander. Investigative Analyst Michael Renner and Former Investigative Analyst Jennifer Katz also assisted with the investigation.
District Attorney Vance thanked the NYPD Internal Affairs Bureau for their role in the investigation.
NYSIA STROUD, D.O.B. 7/29/1987
- Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the First Degree, a class A-1 felony, two counts
- Official Misconduct, a class A misdemeanor, four counts