NYPD Officer Who Guarded El Chapo's Wife Arrested In Drug Sting

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September 19, 2019 - 4:53 pm
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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 of Staten Island 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.

"Officer Bailey has a disciplinary history with the department, that's why he was targeted, we had also been contacted by his commanding officer who had his concerns about officer Bailey," said NYPD Internal Affairs Chief Brian O'Neill.
Bailey, a 12-year veteran of the NYPD, has been suspended 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.
The investigation followed Bailey's stint providing security for Guzman's wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro, at his July sentencing in Brooklyn.