2005-03-18 / Front Page

Police: Drug Dealer Tried To Buy Us

An Arverne man got something he didn’t bargain for last week when he allegedly tried to play “Let’s Make a Deal” with the cops who had just arrested him on drug charges, police said.

In return for letting him go, Cordell L. Vazquez, 29, allegedly offered three officers from the 100 Precinct a wad of bills and all of drugs he was allegedly caught with, police said. Instead of the pardon he bargained for, the accused wheeler-dealer wound up buying himself an additional charge –bribery.

The alleged impropriety came after police arrested Vazquez, of 629 Beach 63 Street, on March 11. About 40 small plastic envelopes containing cocaine and marijuana were found inside the man’s jacket pocket, according to court records.

The officers – including Captain Paul Piekarski, the precinct’s top cop, Sergeant Eugene Marcaida, and officer Khalid Ragab, declined the alleged bribe and took Vazquez back to the stationhouse where police said he persisted in his attempt to strike a deal; Vazquez allegedly upped the ante by offering Ragab $1,700 for his release plus $200 per week to protect his street operation.

The officer declined Vazquez’s offer to go on the payroll.

Vazquez, who is also charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana, is due back in court on March 28, according to Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown’s office.

A police source told The Wave that the New York City Police Department is particularly vigilant when bribery is involved because “it strikes at the integrity of the department.”

“Don’t even try it,” the source warned.

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