Crime & Justice

Former San Francisco officer ordered to prison in corruption case

Former plain clothes officer Reynaldo Vargas admitted in court that he and two former colleagues, Officer Edmond Robles and Sgt. Ian Furminger, stole drugs and thousands of dollars from suspects and performed illegal searches.
Former plain clothes officer Reynaldo Vargas admitted in court that he and two former colleagues, Officer Edmond Robles and Sgt. Ian Furminger, stole drugs and thousands of dollars from suspects and performed illegal searches.
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A former plainclothes officer who pleaded guilty to stealing drugs and money from suspected dealers has been sentenced to a year in federal prison.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports Reynaldo Vargas' sentence could have been much longer but he cut a deal with prosecutors, providing key testimony against two other police officers.

Vargas admitted in court that he and two former colleagues, Officer Edmond Robles and Sgt. Ian Furminger, stole drugs and thousands of dollars from suspects and performed illegal searches.

The fallout from the corruption case spread earlier this year when prosecutors revealed a trove of racist and homophobic text messages exchanged between Furminger and other officers.

The discovery led prosecutors to order a review of 3,000 old prosecution cases touched by the officers under investigation.