A Bronx grand jury probing a massive police ticket-fixing scandal has voted to indict five civilians in addition to 17 cops for a host of wide-ranging charges, reports the New York Daily News. One of the civilians is a suspected drug dealer linked through wiretaps to a police officer. Another civilian is thought to be in the drug trade. The three other civilians were caught doling out favors, financial and otherwise, to cops fingered in the scandal.
The grand jury has been hearing evidence for six months. The charges range from official misconduct to grand larceny, and stem from a two-year investigation by the police department’s Internal Affairs Bureau, which was initially looking into a single officer’s relationship with a known drug dealer. Wiretaps subsequently revealed the ticket-fixing, as well as other violations.