By Wyatt Earp | November 6, 2010
Philadelphia Police Inspector Carlos Daniel Castro was arrested today on charges of bribery and extortion. For those of you not familiar with the hierarchy of the PPD, inspector is the rank just above captain, and a stone’s throw away from a deputy commissioner appointment. In short, Castro was one of the department’s highest-ranked supervisors.
Ya know, Commissioner Ramsey gets a tingle up his leg every time a police officer in this town is arrested. That’s fine, the officers usually deserve what they get. But instead of sending the rank and file on guilt trips every day, maybe he should look at his own circle of friends?
Federal officials announced the indictment of a high ranking police commander on criminal charges following an investigation into an alleged bribery and extortion scheme. According to a grand jury indictment, Carlos Daniel Castro, 47, a commander from the traffic division, was arrested Friday morning without incident.
Castro is accused of hiring a “collector” to use threats of violence and violence to collect $150,000 that he allegedly was owed from a debtor following a unsuccessful real estate investment. The debt collector, it turns out, was a confidential informant cooperating with the FBI.
According to the indictment, Castro instructed informant to act as his representative, and to not identify Castro’s position within the police department, allegedly saying, “I can’t get myself in trouble. I want to be Police Commissioner.”
Yeah, good luck with that. Criminals only get promoted to Police Commissioner in Chicago . . . and possibly Los Angeles.