A New York City police officer was being held yesterday in the Harford County Detention Center on drug smuggling charges after he allegedly admitted to a state trooper that he was earning extra money for hauling 639 grams of crack cocaine to North Carolina.
Trooper David Hughes of the JFK Barracks stopped the off-duty officer, Brian McGuire, Saturday afternoon for doing 74 mph in a 65-mph zone, according to court records. McGuire, 35, and Emmett Tracy Hardy, 29, were heading south on Interstate 95 in a rented 1996 Oldsmobile Royale.
During the traffic stop, McGuire told Hughes that he was a New York City officer.
He said he was being paid $1,200 to take the crack cocaine to Raleigh, N.C., according to court records. Hughes called for a drug dog, and it detected drugs, which Hughes took from the car's trunk, the records show.
Hardy, of Brooklyn, told the trooper that McGuire was paying him $300 to accompany him on the trip, the records show.
McGuire is assigned to the Brooklyn North Task Force -- a group of officers involved in a major drug interdiction operation, authorities said.
Both men were charged with possession of cocaine, smuggling cocaine and possession with intent to distribute cocaine. They were being held in lieu of a $250,000 bond.
Pub Date: 6/18/96