HPD officers cross thin white line, busted on drug charges

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HOUSTON, TX – The men in blue are here to serve and protect, but two Houston police officers might have crossed a thin white line made of cocaine.

Emerson Canizales, 26, and Michael Miceli, 26, were arrested on a two-count indictment. The U.S. Attorney’s Office says they were allegedly in possession of cocaine, with intent to distribute. Authorities say they even accepted cash to provide protection to the drug dealers.

HPD released a statement saying:

“We have been working cooperatively with federal authorities on this investigation and are proud that our internal proactive measures have proven effective in addressing these types of allegations. We will never tolerate criminal misconduct from any of our employees.  Both officers have been relieved of duty pending the outcome of the Internal Affairs investigation. The allegations against these officers are not reflective of the hard working men and women at HPD. Since this is still very much an ongoing investigation, there will be no further statements until its conclusion.”

If convicted they each face anywhere from 10 years to life in prison and a possible $10 million fine.

It just goes to show, crime never pays no matter what side of the law you’re on.