Bad Boys for life (or at the least a year): Two Miami Dade cops who have been obsessed with Will Smith motion pictures get 12 months behind bars after being caught in undercover drug sting
- Roderick Flowers, 29, and Keith Edwards, 31, will report back to jail subsequent week
- The pair have have been sentenced to a year in jail after pleading responsible to conspiracy to distribute cocaine
- Both have been detectives with Miami Dade and agreed to offer safety for a cargo of cocaine to who they thought have been the Sinaloa Cartel
- It was actually a group of undercover DEA brokers posing because the drug sellers
- The pair posed on Instagram, routinely impersonating Will Smith and Martin Lawrence
Two Miami Dade cops who idolized Will Smith‘s Bad Boys motion pictures have been jailed for a year after being caught in a cocaine sting.
Roderick Flowers, 29, and Keith Edwards, 31, have been arrested final October after an undercover sting by the DEA.
They had agreed to behave as bodyguards to guard a cargo of cocaine – or what they thought was cocaine however was truly pretend and utilized by the DEA brokers as a part of their ruse.
The pair thought they have been serving to the Sinaloa Cartel and had been given $5,000 upfront for their roles. They boasted that they’d had SWAT coaching which they stated may assist them get the cargo safely by way of any sort of intervention.
The total operation turned out to be a sting arrange by the DEA. It was considered one of their undercovers sources who posed as a member of the Mexican cartel group previously run by El Chapo.
Both Flowers and Edwards have been arrested final October.
Roderick Flowers, 29, and Keith Edwards, 31, have been arrested final October after an undercover sting by the DEA. The pair modeled themselves on Will Smith and Martin Lawrence’s characters within the film Bad Boys, posting picture collages like this on social media. Edwards posted this comparability on Instagram with the caption ‘We experience collectively, we die collectively. Bad boys 4 life’
Another picture from the crooked cops’ accounts. They thought they have been giving safety to the Sinaloa Cartel
They have been sentenced in August after accepting a plea deal the place they admitted conspiracy to distribute cocaine and agreed to do one year in jail, two years on supervised launch.
Flowers’ legal professional David Weinstein stated: ‘He’s very glad with his sentence as a result of it offers him the chance to proceed with his life.’
in a plea settlement with prosecutor Frederic Shadley. They have been sentenced in late August.
The pair had appeared to mannequin themselves on the fictional Miami detectives Marcus Burnett and Mike Lowrey, performed by Martin Lawrence and Will Smith within the 1995 comedy film.
Social media footage present the 2 dressed as the 2 characters for Halloween 2019 alongside the caption ‘We experience collectively. We die collectively. Bad Boys 4 Life’ on Flowers’ Instagram – the place he additionally adopted the title ‘Detective Mike Lowrey’.
Three different males have been additionally arrested and charged over the pretend drug bust. They are Manuel Carlos Hernandez and two accomplices Trevanti McLeod and Durojaiye Obafemi Monsuru Lawal.
The six-month sting started with a confidential supply posing as a Mexican cartel member. They made contact with Hernandez a number of months again, reported the Miami Herald.
Flowers’ legal professional stated he was grateful to have been given a plea deal as a result of despite the fact that he can not work as a cop, he can ‘proceed with his life’
Hernandez, who ran Hernandez Investments in Davie, boasted to the supply of laundering cash for a number of shoppers, in line with the prison grievance.
He additionally advised the supply about his ‘fats checking account’ and that he deliberate to open companies together with a barbershop and a automobile wash as a entrance to scrub the cash, the grievance says.
Edwards is a former Army National Guard member and father of three.
The supply then deliberate a number of cash laundering offers involving drug cash with Hernandez, Lawal and McLeod over the summer time in conferences that have been secretly recorded, the DEA says.
In July, Hernandez advised them about one potential cash laundering consumer – a Russian strip membership proprietor – who he later stated he learnt was an informant after making ‘some calls to regulation enforcement connections’ to vet them, it says.
In August, the supply then requested Hernandez if his police sources may test a license plate for him by way of police databases.
Authorities stated they later realized it was Flowers who carried this out.
Hernandez later boasted that Flowers and an unnamed cop cousin ‘have been on his payroll’ and acted as ‘safety for cash laundering actions,’ in line with the grievance.