No verdict in drug squad corruption case; jury back Monday

A federal jury has broken for the weekend without reaching a verdict in a racketeering case involving six former Philadelphia narcotics officers.

They’ll return Monday for a third day of deliberations.

The Philadelphia Police Department veterans are accused of stealing $400,000 during rogue drug raids. Federal prosecutors say they also planted evidence, lied in court and roughed people up.

The defense attacks the government witnesses as drug dealers, liars and a colleague, former officer Jeffrey Walker, who is cooperating after being caught in an FBI sting.

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Lead defendant Thomas Liciardello has been in custody since last summer’s indictment. The other five defendants are free on bail.

They have presented a joint defense and had several police supervisors testify on their behalf.

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