Feds Arrest NYPD Officer for Laundering Drug Money


By: Jim Kouri, CPP

(The following analysis is based on police reports obtained by the National Association of Chiefs of Police)

A New York City police department officer was arrested today by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and New York Police Department Internal Affairs detectives.

Yaniris Balbuena, 31, of Otisville, New York was charged by the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York with conspiracy to commit money laundering.

Prior to her arrest, she served as an New York City Police officer since March 2000. During the time of the conspiracy, she was the common-law wife of a known narcotics trafficker who operated in the Bronx, New York.

According to confidential informants, during the time of the conspiracy Balbuena received thousands of dollars in drug proceeds and laundered the money by depositing the cash into bank accounts she controlled. Banking records for approximately nine accounts owned or controlled by Balbuena show that she received and deposited more than $230,000 of unexplained cash into her bank accounts, an amount which far surpassed her legitimate income as a police officer.

“Seizing and disrupting large cash payments such as this is a vital part of our nation’s fight to stop illegal drugs, and prevents drug traffickers from realizing profits,” said Peter J. Smith, special agent in charge for ICE’s Office of Investigations in New York.

“ICE’s unique investigative authority allows our special agents to track down these individuals and roll-up money laundering operations to substantially stem the flow of drug money,” he said.

In addition to ICE, the Strike Force is comprised of agents and officers of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the NYPD, the United States Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division, the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Marshals Service, the United States Secret Service and the New York State Police.

The ongoing operation is partially funded by the New York/New Jersey High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, which is a federally-funded crime fighting initiative.



Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and he’s a staff writer for the New Media Alliance (thenma.org). In addition, he’s the blog editor for the House Conservatives Fund’s weblog. Recently, the editors Examiner.com appointed him as their Law Enforcement Examiner. Kouri also serves as political advisor for Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Moriarty.

He’s former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed “Crack City” by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. He’s also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. He’s a news writer for NewswithViews.com and PHXnews.com. He’s also a columnist for AmericanDaily.Com, MensNewsDaily.Com, MichNews.Com, and he’s syndicated by AXcessNews.Com. He’s appeared as on-air commentator for over 300 TV and radio news and talk shows including Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, Fox News, etc. His book Assume The Position is available at Amazon.Com. Kouri’s own website is located at http://jimkouri.us

About The Author Jim Kouri, CPP:
Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and he's a columnist for The Examiner (examiner.com) and New Media Alliance (thenma.org). In addition, he's a blogger for the Cheyenne, Wyoming Fox News Radio affiliate KGAB (www.kgab.com). Kouri also serves as political advisor for Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Moriarty. He's former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. He's a news writer and columnist for AmericanDaily.Com, MensNewsDaily.Com, MichNews.Com, and he's syndicated by AXcessNews.Com. Kouri appears regularly as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Fox News Channel, Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, etc. To subscribe to Kouri's newsletter write to COPmagazine@aol.com and write "Subscription" on the subject line.
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