Officer who guarded El Chapo’s wife arrested in drug sting
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City police officer who moonlighted as a bodyguard for the wife of convicted Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has been arrested in a drug sting.
Prosecutors say Ishmael Bailey transported cocaine for an undercover officer posing as a drug dealer.
Bailey cried as he was arraigned Wednesday night on charges including possession and sale of a controlled substance, receiving bribes and official misconduct.
The police department suspended the 12-year officer without pay. A judge ordered him jailed on $25,000 cash bail or $50,000 bond.
The 36-year-old Bailey faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.
A message was left for Bailey’s lawyer Thursday.
The investigation followed Bailey’s stint providing security for Guzman’s wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro, at his July sentencing in Brooklyn.