A convicted marijuana dealer has told jurors in a Philadelphia corruption case that drug squad officers threatened to throw him over his 19th-floor balcony.
Michael Casciolo is testifying against six former officers accused of stealing millions in cash and drugs from suspects as they worked undercover.
Casciolo is one of the first government witnesses in the projected 10-week trial.
He says he was making up to $50,000 a month when police tackled him in his apartment hallway in 2007.
Casciolo says they cursed when he asked for a lawyer, then ransacked his apartment without a warrant.
He says he gave up his supplier’s name rather than be tossed off the balcony.
Defense lawyers insist the government case consists of 19 lying drug dealers and one rogue police colleague who admits planting evidence.