California narcotics agent charged with theft from suspects

A special agent with the California Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement has been accused of multiple criminal charges, and a bail hearing was set for Tuesday morning. A conviction could land the agent in prison.

LA County prosecutors say Gabriel Baltodano is charged with two counts each of grand theft and embezzlement by an officer, and one count of filing a false police report.

He’s alleged to have stolen $33,000 during an internal investigation last week. The state Attorney General’s office says fellow agents learned that the 35-year-old Baltodano may have been stealing proceeds from narcotic suspects, so they launched the internal investigation.

Baltodano has has been with the Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement for nine years. The District Attorney’s office says if he’s convicted on all counts, he could end up with a prison sentence of more than four years.

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