Boynton Beach Police Officer of the Year Arrested as Alleged Meth Salesman

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Palm Beach County Association of Chiefs of Police
2010's meth salesman cop of the year, David Britto (holding plaque).
Last year's Officer of the Year from the Boynton Beach Police Department now faces up to life in prison for meth trafficking, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Officer David Britto, 28, was allegedly slangin' meth between June 2009 and March 2011, officials say, although no further details of his alleged crime have been released, except that he "conspired to possess with the intent to distribute more than five hundred grams of methamphetamine."

That obviously sparked some damage control from the Boynton Beach cops:

"We realize that when an officer stands accused of a violation of the public trust, all of law enforcement pays the price in eroded citizen confidence and the perception of diminished integrity," Boynton Beach Police Chief G. Matthew Immler says. "However, the Boynton Beach Police Department vigorously polices itself, and this case is an example of how law enforcement roots out corruption from within its own ranks."

According to the Boynton Beach cops, the case began as an internal investigation within their department.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says those involved in the investigation into Britto include the Drug Enforcement Agency's Miami office, the Broward Sheriff's Office, Fort Lauderdale police, Miami police, Miami Beach police, and Miami-Dade police.

They also say Britto's arrest is the result of the DEA's Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, which the feds describe as a drug-battling syndicate à la the first season of The Wire.

The Palm Beach County Association of Chiefs of Police website says Britto was a sergeant in the U.S. Marines before becoming a cop.

According to the site, Britto worked 18 narcotics cases last year that led to 25 arrests and seized the following drugs: 757 Xanax pills, 161 oxycodone pills, ten grams of crack cocaine, and 46 grams of weed.

The Sun-Sentinel reports that Britto -- who's been a cop with Boynton Beach since 2006 -- was one of three cops who shot 23 bullets into a stolen minivan in 2008.


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18 comments
Terry McGuirk
Terry McGuirk

Up to life in prison?? Yeah, that will really stop people from getting high. Idiot laws our elected officials continue to not change policy on. Wake up people and explain how petty theft is less frowned upon then someone using a substance to alter their mood?  Why in the hell would they call any kind of  theft petty to begin with?  Hell all he needs to do is contact a co-defendant of mine in Polk County. He most certainly has to know the right people that can help to be charged with trafficing in methamphetamine over 500 grams once in 1996 and yet again in 2004. So much for the mandatory 20 for same crime

First Hand
First Hand

Tip of the tip of the iceberg here in S.F. Law Enforcement.

Mrrmci
Mrrmci

Odd that none of his arrests included any meth.  We can be certain that they did, he just kept it for his own meth sales.

glass slipper
glass slipper

"According to the site, Britto worked 18 narcotics cases last year that led to 25 arrests and seized the following drugs: 757 Xanax pills, 161 oxycodone pills, ten grams of crack cocaine, and 46 grams of weed."

 Woo Hoo, he was really cleaning up the streets of all those "dangerous drugs".

 His haul for the year sounds more like a good party weekend for Floridas Finest Citizens Inc.

Fred Galas
Fred Galas

“I filed over 20 complaints to the Florida Commission onEthics against Jerry Taylor and his partners in crime (Kurt Bressner, MattImmler....and numerous cops). However, the "commission" is notinterested in the truth....it's nothing but a Good Ole' Boy network. TheFBI should investigate the Florida Commission on Ethics.....”

 

Posted by: Fred Galas | February28, 2009 6:29 AM

 

http://weblogs.sun-sentinel.co...

Mstrblstr2
Mstrblstr2

David never dealt anything - ask the DEA before you write an inflamatory story like this.  Oh yeah - but that won't sell papers - will it!

Howard M
Howard M

I don't see anything wrong here. he's a public servant and an entrepreneur.

KennyPowersII
KennyPowersII

For us metrically challenged how does 500 grams translate to ounces and pounds. I need a conversion table.

Correct me if I am wrong. 28.35 grams per ounce. 500 gms. = 17.6 ozs or a little over a pound. That sounds like a lot of meth, unless your name is Walter White.

Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

Matt;

Another liberal-biased piece.

500 grams of ice is personal use. 

Come on now.

Picasso
Picasso

my thoughts exactly. this in a year? impossible. i guess he kept 99% and turned in 1...

Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

Fred;

At what point are you going to learn Ethics Complaints are worthless?

Mrrmci
Mrrmci

"David never dealt anything"  Of course he didn't.  Cops are well known for going after their own for baseless reasons.  Assuming your believe your own claims, how, then, do you explain his arrest?

Smawigas
Smawigas

Hi Genius, I'm pretty sure the liberall biased reporter had nothing to do with sentencing in this case.

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