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    FORT LAUDERDALE - A Broward sheriff's deputy arrested after authorities say he promised to turn a blind eye on a marijuana grow-house in exchange for cash became the fourth deputy this year to be accused of abusing their badge.

    But Manuel Silva, 34, may not be the last.

    The agency's Division of Internal Affairs is investigating allegations that the deputy had accomplices in the extortion scheme discovered last week, Sheriff Al Lamberti said Monday. The sheriff is also asking the public to report similar cases.

    "By no means is this over," Lamberti said. "We believe he was not acting alone, and we're going to root out the other people who may have been involved."

    Silva, a nine-year veteran of the force, is being held without bail in the Broward Main Jail on extortion, armed burglary and drug possession charges. He was suspended without pay.

    On Sept. 29, Silva showed up at the Fort Lauderdale home of Orlando Gutierrez, 38, and insisted he be allowed to search the house, authorities said. The deputy was not in uniform but brandished a badge and a gun, Lamberti said.

    After seeing five marijuana plants, Silva told Gutierrez he wouldn't arrest him or take the plants if Gutierrez gave him money, the Sheriff's Office said. Lamberti said Silva asked for "a significant amount" but would not say how much.

    To sweeten the deal, Silva even offered to give Gutierrez the picture and name of the person who'd ratted him out, Lamberti said.

    Gutierrez later told another person about the extortion. That person, whom Lamberti would not identify, reported Silva to a Broward sheriff's supervisor on Sept. 30, authorities said.

    Deputies arrested Silva in Plantation on Friday after he'd picked up the cash from Gutierrez, officials said. Oxycodone pills and a prescription bottle of Cialis with the label partially removed were found in his unmarked patrol car, according to police reports.

    "This is an indication of a bigger problem, and it all comes down to greed," Lamberti said.

    Silva, assigned to the agency's Central Broward district, made nearly $68,000 in 2008, according to Sheriff's Office records. Any overtime he might have accrued that year was not included in the report.

    Silva served as an intelligence analyst for the U.S. Army during the late 1990s before applying at the Sheriff's Office in 2000, according to his personnel report.

    Known as the "go-to deputy," he quickly amassed scores of commendation letters and was nominated several times for his district's employee of the month award, which he won once in 2006.

    A minor on-duty car crash in 2002 was the biggest blemish on his record, according to a Sheriff's Office Internal Affairs report.

    Records show Silva's street work was valued by his supervisors. He built a solid network of sources that often gave him a heads-up to crime scenes and suspects.

    "[Silva] has developed a very workable rapport with many residents of the area. This gives him a slight advantage when speaking to victims/witnesses and suspects," a supervisor wrote in the deputy's 2008 performance evaluation. "In many of his cases he knows where to start his investigation due to his knowledge of the area."

    Silva's case bears similarities to the August arrest of Jonathan Bleiweiss, another deputy with a sterling record ruined by what Lamberti on Monday called an abuse of the public's trust.

    Bleiweiss remains jailed, accused of intimidating eight men into performing sex acts with him. Because the men were illegal immigrants, Bleiweiss would threaten to have them deported if they reported him to authorities, officials said.

    Also in August, the Sheriff's Office arrested Detention Deputy Gladys Dauphin after a six-month investigation into charges that she severely injured a jail inmate by hitting him on the head with a radio.

    In March, Deputy Charles Grady Jr. resigned after being formally charged with two counts of battery. Grady had been accused of inappropriately touching women during traffic stops in 2008.

    Authorities ask anyone with information about this or other cases that might involve Silva to call the Sheriff's Internal Affairs department at 954-321-1100.

    Joel Marino can be reached at [email protected] or 954-356-4552.
    Copyright © 2009, South Florida Sun-Sentinel

  • #2
    Silva, assigned to the agency's Central Broward district, made nearly $68,000
    Why the hell does it matter what he made?

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    • #3
      Yeah I don't know, just a very sad story in itself. The way I see it I am working too hard, have spent and will spend even more money, time and devotion to get this job. There is no way I am going to throw it all away for ANYTHING.

      813
      USMC-6322 Comm/Nav Tech
      Oorah!

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      • #4
        More likely than not he will plea guilty to most charges in this case. I would like to believe that he is innocent, but he is no better than a drug dealer or a robber. BSO didn't go out on a whim and arrest the guy on some dealer's word, you will see some more rock-solid evidence.

        As if Lamberti needed another headache during the budget fights with all the cities and county.

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        • #5
          I have never understood greed.
          AJScott

          jus·tice   [juhs-tis]
          –noun
          1.the quality of being just; righteousness, equitableness, or moral rightness: to uphold the justice of a cause.
          2.rightfulness or lawfulness, as of a claim or title; justness of ground or reason: to complain with justice.
          3.the moral principle determining just conduct.
          4.conformity to this principle, as manifested in conduct; just conduct, dealing, or treatment.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by AJScott View Post
            I have never understood greed.
            Originally posted by Taylor13
            It's perfectly understandable.

            Someone places money, or some other material items, in place of doing whats right, and they're selfish.
            within every human, the propensity to be greedy and to indulge in it resides, but either one's environment or education either supports or dissipates it that propensity...however, every day one has to make the choice...at one level or another...
            Last edited by Hisrighteousnes; 10-09-2009, 10:19 PM.

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            • #7
              Active thread on LEOaffairs.com as well in ref. to their dept.

              As for greed: As a rookie cop I pulled over a guy and like an idiot he let me search the car. Low and behold I find 28K in cash wrapped in plastic. I didn't feel the need to "borrow" any. BTW,,,he lost all of it in the seizure hearing.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by ArcticCop

                Cops like this are the ultimate traitors, they betrayed the citizens that they served, they betrayed their family and they betrayed all law enforcement.

                He lost his honor and there is no getting it back.
                Amen. If he is really guilty that is then throw the book at him.

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                • #9
                  maybe him and the other guy can bond / and shoot the breeze up on
                  the 8th floor and play cards for nutty bars or other favors....
                  " if you talk in your sleep, don't mention my name....
                  " if you walk in your sleep, forget where you came....

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by ArcticCop
                    He is worse than a perp in my book: he is a POS! He just made our jobs more difficult. John Q. Public reads stories like this and passes judgment on all law enforcement. They will judge you and me based on this guy's actions. Most of the public don't see the individual behind the badge, they just see the badge and uniform. Public support is huge; if the public just see us as a bunch of corrupt goons, you lose on funding, in court (jury nullification....remember OJ?), on the street etc.

                    Cops like this are the ultimate traitors, they betrayed the citizens that they served, they betrayed their family and they betrayed all law enforcement.

                    He lost his honor and there is no getting it back.
                    oj was acquitted b/c the d.a.'s ofc did not present a good case and lapd (in this case) mishandled evidence...factual statement...read up on it...

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                    • #11
                      Thanks for all the Websters and Rand Mcnallys on here for defining greed lol. Made me laugh.

                      AJScott

                      jus·tice   [juhs-tis]
                      –noun
                      1.the quality of being just; righteousness, equitableness, or moral rightness: to uphold the justice of a cause.
                      2.rightfulness or lawfulness, as of a claim or title; justness of ground or reason: to complain with justice.
                      3.the moral principle determining just conduct.
                      4.conformity to this principle, as manifested in conduct; just conduct, dealing, or treatment.

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                      • #12
                        Round 2 came pretty fast So Fla...

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                        • #13
                          I don't understand what goes through a (crooked) cops mind when they do stuff like this. I, along with 99% of the good officers absolutely despise criminals among our brotherhood. Any officer with substantial hard evidence that shows they committed a crime without a doubt, should get a double sentence served day for day. I get tired of thugs disgracing the job I take pride in.
                          Work harder! Millions on welfare depend on you...

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