New York officer held on charges of drug smuggling

June 18, 1996|By Kris Antonelli | Kris Antonelli,SUN STAFF

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

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