Officer arrested on federal drug charges

He is second in city to be detained in 10 days

April 01, 2003|By Del Quentin Wilber | Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF

A Baltimore police officer was arrested on federal drug charges yesterday morning, becoming the second city officer arrested in the past 10 days, federal and city officials said.

Eduardo Munoz Jr., 32, who works in the department's criminal intelligence unit and joined the force in 2000, was arrested with an alleged co-conspirator about 6 a.m. yesterday, federal officials said.

Federal authorities declined to release further details about the case or detail the drug charges lodged against Munoz. The officer is being held in federal custody pending a detention hearing scheduled tomorrow, federal officials said.

Ragina C. Averella, the city department's chief spokeswoman, declined to comment on specifics in the case because the agency's "internal affairs division [and] ... federal authorities are conducting an ongoing investigation."

Munoz is the second city police officer to be arrested since March 21, when Aleacia Hill, 25, was arrested on drug charges in Baltimore County.

Hill, who was suspended without pay from the force, was also indicted on city charges of drug conspiracy and misconduct in office last week.

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