2 Houston officers accused of providing protection for cocaine distribution

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by KHOU.com staff

KHOU 11 News Houston

Posted on January 28, 2013 at 10:21 AM

Updated Monday, Jan 28 at 10:21 AM

HOUSTON -– Two Houston police officers were arrested Sunday afternoon on allegations they accepted money to help protect a cocaine distribution scheme.

A press release from United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson said Emerson Canizales, 26, of Kingwood, and Michael Miceli, 26, of Humble, were taken into custody at the start of their shifts at the Houston Police Department.

Both were named in an indictment “charging conspiracy to violate the Hobbs Act and conspiracy to possess a controlled substance.”

The Department of Justice said the officers received a payment of $1,000 for protection they provided to distribute drugs in Houston in late December  2012.

If convicted, each faces no less than 10 years and up to life in prison as well as a possible $10 million fine. For extortion under color of law, they could also receive up to 20 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.

Canizales and Miceli were scheduled to appear in federal court Monday at 10:00 a.m.

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