DA Vance: Police Officer Sentenced to 6 Years in Prison For Accepting Bribe, Helping Transport Cocaine


September 19, 2018

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. today announced the sentencing of NYPD Officer JOHNNY DIAZ to 6 years in state prison for helping to transport a kilogram of cocaine in exchange for $4,000. On August 14, 2018, DIAZ pleaded guilty to Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Second Degree, Bribe Receiving in the Second Degree, and Petit Larceny. At the time of the defendant’s guilty plea, District Attorney Vance said:

“Thanks to my Office’s Public Corruption Unit and our partners in the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau, Officer Diaz has now admitted to acts of official corruption for which he will serve significant prison time. The particular acts he committed – pocketing seized cash, accepting a bribe, and helping to transport cocaine – each undermined public safety in their own right. But more dangerously, his pattern of corruption jeopardized New Yorkers’ faith in law enforcement at a time when police and prosecutors are working proactively every day to increase public confidence in our work.”

 

Defendant Information:

JOHNNY DIAZ, D.O.B. 11/27/1969

Yonkers, NY

Convicted:

  • Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Second Degree, a class A-II felony, one count
  • Bribe Receiving in the Second Degree, a class C felony, one count
  • Petit Larceny, a class A misdemeanor, one count

Sentenced:

  • 6 years in prison