HPD Officers Arrested for Shady Coke Dealings, Face Life Imprisonment

The coke game was kind to Houston Police Department officers until Sunday when the two 26-year-olds were arrested when they reported for duty.

Emerson Canizales of Kingwood and Michael Miceli of Humble have been accused of accepting $1,000 bribes and smuggling five kilos of cocaine with an intent to distribute the drugs in Houston.

According to the two-count federal indictment acquired by Hair Balls, Canizales and Miceli were engaged in the fishy business from about October 3 to December 26 of last year. They've been charged with conspiracy to violate the Hobbs Act and conspiracy to possess a controlled substance.

The United States Attorney's Office, Southern District of Texas, says that if Canizales and Miceli are convicted on the possession of a controlled substance charge, the dudes are looking at ten years to life in the pokey as well as a $10 million fine.

For extortion under color of law (a.k.a. violation of the Hobbs Act), they're facing up to 20 years in the slammer and a $250,000 fine.

That's right. Their entire lives are potentially ruined over a measly $1,000 in bribes.

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