Former Miami-Dade Detective Gets 3 Years Behind Bars For Pot Ring Protection

A former police detective has been sentenced for three years for aiding and abetting a drug family’s distribution racket. When delivering the ruling, U.S District Judge Robert Scola told the convict that life does not have a delete button, if it had, then he could pardon Mr. Roderick Silva. Though Mr. Silva pleaded guilty in an earlier court session, the ruling has dragged for about three months now. Mr. Silva becomes the 21st and possibly the last to be convicted for charges of protecting the violent pot organization. The case that involved Roderick and his other 20 accomplices has been named as one of the longest-running Miami federal cases ever witnessed.

Inside the courthouse, Mr. Silva said that he was ashamed of what kind of a person he has been to his family especially his wife and their two children. Mr. Silva regretted that for six years, he had made his family suffer heartache, stress, and financial ruin because of his misconduct. With him, were family members and twenty friends who had come to offer him support during the ruling.

The 46-year old Silva, who joined the Miami-Dade force sometime in 2003, will be in prison for at least three years according to new federal sentencing guidelines. While rejecting the defense’s plea for a lesser jail term, Judge Scola sentenced Silva to minimum 37 months, saying that the defendant deserved it. Although the judge accepted Silva’s remorse letter, he observed that his crime was not a one-time mistake of indiscretion, but that of a repetitive nature. Judge Scola said, “We expect better from law enforcement officers.” Mr. Silva was also faced with charges of receiving $1,500 from a drug trafficker in order to keep quiet about the business. However, those charges were later dropped as part of a plea agreement that was reached between his attorney Nathan Diamond and Pat Sullivan who was lead prosecutor in the case.

Silva’s charges revolves around the role he played in helping a notorious Miami-based organization distribute 100 to 400 kilograms of a specific type of marijuana. When the charges against him were read, Silva admitted to have tipped Derrick Santiesteban who was the organization’s ringleader, about the scheduled Miami-Dade police raids. He did this in exchange of hefty payments. According to prosecutors, Silva who was a former narcotic detective came to know of Mr. Santiesteban through his younger brother, David, when attending coke-snorting parties.

In order to confirm to Derrick that indeed Silva had prior information of the impending raids, Silva gave him a handwritten list that showed marijuana grow houses that were scheduled for the raid. Derrick would then pay Silva $1,000 for the information.

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