A Jersey City police officer has been sentenced for his role in a cargo theft and extortion scheme. Mario “Mad Dog” Rodriguez will serve three years in jail and another three years of supervised release as well as paying a fine of $2,000.
“Mad Dog” stole 600,000 cigarettes and a few dozen televisions from a trailer at a warehouse in Secaucus, NJ with a partner who, unbeknownst to him, was an FBI confidential informant. The two men then drove together to Staten Island where Rodriguez sold the cigarettes to an undercover agent for $5,000.
About a week later, Rodriguez, the informant, and two undercover agents planned to rob a “drug courier,” also an undercover agent. Rodriguez and his friend, Anthony Roman, approached the “drug courier” van, identified themselves as police officers, pretended to arrest the informant, and took a bag containing $20,000.
While Rodriguez will see the inside of a jail cell, his sentence could have been much worse. With changes of cargo theft and conspiracy to commit extortion he was facing up to a combined 30 years in prison.
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