As a result of the questionable spending , Bal Harbour was suspended from the forfeiture program, and the feds demanded the village return more than $4 million.
The village has returned about $1.3 million, and attorneys are now negotiating a settlement for the remainder, said Dan Gelber, a former federal prosecutor who is representing Bal Harbour in talks with the Justice Department.
The village also has disbanded the narcotics unit, and on Thursday construction crews began to remove the trailer where the units detectives planned investigations and counted cash seized from suspected drug dealers and money launderers.
Detectives with the narcotics unit earned tens of thousands in overtime often from work conducted inside the trailer during the past few years, sometimes doubling their pay.
Smith said it was only coincidence that Hunkers firing and the narcotics trailers removal took place at about the same time.
Smith estimated the cost of removing the trailer is about $20,000.
Though Hunkers firing marks the end of an era for Bal Harbour police, the departments troubles are not over.
On Thursday, a Bal Harbour police officer, Ramon Fernandez, filed a whistleblower complaint against the village, alleging that Hunker coerced him and other officers into providing DNA samples by cheek swab as part of the chiefs quest to identify the author of an anonymous letter that alleged cheating had occurred on a 2011 sergeants promotional exam.
Fernandez alleges that his DNA was improperly taken from him, and that Hunker who collected cheek swabs from every officer on the 30-member force sent in only a few of the swabs for analysis, including Fernandezs.
In the complaint, Fernandez also alleged that he had been unfairly targeted for disciplinary action by his superiors; that a fellow BHPD officer intimidated his wife at her workplace; and that other BHPD officers made false accusations against him.