NYPD officer found guilty of trafficking cocaine, tipping off Bronx drug dealers

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NEW YORK — A New York City Police officer has been convicted in a drug conspiracy of charges that carry a mandatory minimum 15-year prison sentence.

Merlin Alston was convicted Monday by a Manhattan federal court jury. His lawyer, Jeff Greco, says he doesn’t know if his client will appeal.

The 33-year-old Alston was convicted of narcotics and weapons charges by a jury that deliberated for two days.

Prosecutors said Alston personally delivered about 88 pounds of cocaine from 2010 to 2014 and gave Bronx drug dealers secrets about law enforcement operations, including arrests and surveillance.

He could face up to life in prison at a Feb. 2 sentencing.

Greco said his client was in shock over the verdict, which came after a two-week trial.

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