2 Philly officers face jail time for drug conspiracy

Two former Philadelphia police officers pleaded guilty Monday to a drug conspiracy involving heroin.  The men, and a handful of other former officers, faced charges that were brought last summer.

Robert Snyder, 30, and James Venziale, 32, admitted they planned and executed a scheme to steal heroin, then distribute it to a man they believed was a drug dealer and money launderer.  That person actually was an undercover special agent from the Drug Enforcement Administration.   Snyder faces a mandatory minimum term of 10 years in prison; Venziale faces a mandatory minimum of five years in prison.  Both defendants are scheduled to be sentenced in May.  The remaining co-defendants are awaiting trial. The case was investigated by the DEA and the FBI, with the cooperation and assistance of the Philadelphia Police Department.


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