A Miami police sergeant pleaded not guilty Friday to accusations that he planted drugs on suspects, stole drugs from others and lied to federal investigators.
A federal grand jury indicted Raul Iglesias, 40, on nine counts, including violating suspects’ civil rights, conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute, obstruction of justice and making false statements.
Iglesias, who appeared in court in a black polo, jeans and shackles, will be freed on $50,000 bond. He will not be allowed to travel outside of South Florida.
An 18-year Miami police veteran who was suspended in 2010, Iglesias ran the Central District’s Crime Suppression unit, which targeted drug traffickers. He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
According to the indictment, agents pinpointed at least four dates in early 2010 when Iglesias allegedly stole or planted drugs, or lied to investigators. One of his former detectives has pleaded guilty and is expected to testify against him.