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.