Maldonado-Dick was pretty lucky to get the plea deal he got, especially since there’s ample video evidence available to secure a conviction, including undeniable evidence that the cop used his service weapon in commission of the crime as you can see below.
Jose Maldonado-Dick had no idea the buyer was an informant and he was being watched by police too.
Now, the 7-year veteran ex-Miami cop will be spending the next three years in state prison, followed by a three year probation.
He’s been held without bond since October 30th, 2014.
Maldonado-Dick was busted earlier that year after protecting two transactions, one for three kilos and another for 7 kilos which went down at a local McDonalds near the city’s hot Wynwood neighborhood.
We interviewed Miami Police union boss Lt. Javier Ortiz about bad cops in his department last year and Maldonado-Dick was one of those whose name came up.
Ortiz is best known for running his chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police, and stealing [**national headlines with his ‘War on Beyonce’ while the Miami Police department was placed under a strict Federal monitoring**](http://photographyisnotacrime.com/2016/02/19/miami-police-accept-dojs-federal-monitoring-until-2020-fop-uses-beyonce-as-distraction/) agreement for the next four years.
[**Click here to go straight to what Ortiz had to say about Miami’s worst officers and many other issues impacting the high profile department**](https://soundcloud.com/grantstern/miami-fraternal-order-of-police-president-javier-ortiz-onlyinmiami-ep-90-081715#t=36:17):
“Geo Nunez, was trafficking cocaine, in as far as he was guarding people who were doing that. There was another cop by the name of Maldonado-Dick. Well that guy, he was also doing the same thing. He took a thousand dollar bribe in order to protect drug dealers. So, we didn’t give any of those people legal defense.”
Actually, it was $1900.
“You won’t hear me say a peep about them,” said Lt. Ortiz, “except that they’re bad cops and had no business being here.”
The image which covers the podcast (below and above) depicts then-Sgt. [**Ortiz policing the Ultra Music Festival**](http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/11/miami-police-sued-ultra-jesse-campodonico_n_2662931.html) in 2011, which is coincidentally going on this weekend in downtown Miami. Ortiz and three other Miami officers beat up one fitness trainer visiting from New York, which resulted in a [**$400,000 legal settlement by the city.**](http://original.thecrespogramreport.com/Site_10/THE_$400,000.00_ULTRA_SETTLEMENT.html)
A Miami Herald story later noted the now-[**Lieutenant Ortiz’s “varying” statements**](http://forums.leoaffairs.com/showthread.php?174868-Sgt-Ortiz-and-officer-Lugo-was-caught-lying-on-a-depo) between the written report and deposition.
Now, the Miami-Dade’s state attorney’s office allowed Maldonado-Dick to reduce two felony charges of armed cocaine trafficking – which could carry a life sentence – into charges of attempted cocaine trafficking, which is just a second-degree felony.
The 37-year old Maldonado-Dick was one of the rare law enforcement officers denied bail, before sentencing but now he’ll get time served since then credited towards his sentence.
The ex-cop Miami prosecutors called “too dangerous” to live in his own community on bail, will be out of jail in a mere 15 months.
Maybe sooner if he behaves.