Two Houston police officers are facing serious drug charges after using their positions within the department to steal drugs from at least one person—and that person happened to be an undercover cop.
According to KHOU, 36-year old German Ramos and 33-year old Kendrick Ferguson were in court this week for their first appearance. Ramos is charged with possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance. Ferguson faces charges of delivery of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance.
Apparently the duo pulled over a man they thought was a drug dealer. They took possession of a bag containing 18 kilograms of cocaine from the man, handing it off to a bar owner named Alexi Matos. The bar, Chicas Sports Bar, is where the trio are said to have hashed out the robbery plan.
According to court documents, Ferguson allegedly tried to sell drugs to an undercover officer in the past as well. The two officers graduated in the same cadet class and worked together in the northwest substation.
Ideally, cops are all law abiding and ethical folks—but, we all know they are merely human and many of them are tempted to use the power of their position to their advantage, even if it means breaking the law.
Intimidation, wrongful arrests, and police brutality are just a few ways that cops can cross the line. And unfortunately, when they do, it’s often a you vs. them scenario, where you (as the citizen) are seen as less believable simply because you don’t have the badge and the protection that goes along with it.
You do, however, have rights. When you are arrested on suspicion of a crime, and even before you are arrested, your rights must be respected. If they are not, it could be grounds for getting the case dismissed.
You may be charged with a relatively minor charge like cocaine possession, or a serious drug offense like these two Houston police officers. Regardless, your rights remain the same.
It is the job of your defense lawyer to ensure those rights are protected throughout the criminal justice process. From analyzing the arrest, any search, and how your evidence was handled, your attorney may uncover a violation of those rights and have grounds for the suppression of evidence or even a dismissal of the charges.
If you are charged with a drug offense in Texas, contact our offices today to see how we might be able to help.