MIAMI (CBSMiami) — A Miami police officer accused of being paid to help protect a drug dealer was in court on Thursday asking to be let out on bond.READ MORE: New Daily Virus Cases In Florida Lowest Since July
The judge ruled no bond for suspended Officer Jose Maldonado. This means he will remain in custody until his trial.
Maldonado had already faced a bond court judge on October 30th who ordered the Maldonado to be held on no bond and called his alleged actions “incredibly stupid.”
Maldonado was arrested and charged with two counts of armed trafficking in cocaine and two counts of official misconduct by a public servant.
The Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office said they have pictures of what they claim shows Maldonado with a wad of cash in his hand, after taking money from a drug dealer.
As part of his job, Maldonado patrolled the Wynwood area of the city.READ MORE: Spacex's 1st Tourists Homeward Bound After 3 Days In Orbit
Maldonado’s own department was involved in the sting to catch him, according Miami Chief of Police, Manuel Orosa.
Maldonado allegedly offered to serve as the drug dealer’s protection while he sold cocaine in a McDonald’s parking lot near Midtown Miami.
An arrest warrant said Maldonado was on duty, in his marked police car and carrying his department-issued weapon at the time.
Police said they also caught him another time, keeping watch at the same place while seven kilos of cocaine were being sold.
For his alleged work, police said Maldonado was paid up to $2,000.
Maldonado had been an officer with the City of Miami for seven years.MORE NEWS: Report: Miami-Dade School District Misused $6M For Driver’s Ed Programs
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