Ex-Philly officer gets 8 years for drug dealer shakedowns

An ex-Philadelphia police officer has been sentenced to 8 years in prison in connection with a scheme to extort drugs and money from drug dealers and buyers.

A federal judge Wednesday said 38-year-old Christopher Saravello must serve three years of supervised release after his release and pay a $600 fine.

Saravello pleaded guilty in February to extortion and conspiracy charges.

Prosecutors say Saravello would get tipped off to drug transactions and swoop in as if making an arrest.

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He’d often drive up in a marked police car, wearing a uniform and displaying a badge or verbally identifying himself as an officer.

Prosecutors say Saravello once pulled a gun and threatened to shoot if a victim didn’t comply.

The scheme tallied more than $9,800 and quantities of Oxycontin and other drugs.

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