A Miami-Dade police detective stole $1,300 during a drug bust. A judge spared him prison

Armando Socarras, a former Miami-Dade narcotics detective busted for pocketing $1,300 in cash during a drug sting in 2016, finally went to trial — but after one day of testimony, he abruptly accepted responsibility and pleaded no contest.

But despite prosecutors calling for a year in prison and a felony to be on his record, a Miami-Dade judge spared him both.

Circuit Judge Marisa Tinkler Mendez on Monday sentenced Socarras to 24 months of probation, 100 hours of community service and an anti-theft course.

She also granted him a “withhold of adjudication,” which means the felony conviction won’t show on his record.

Now, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement must decide whether to yank his law-enforcement credential.

DAWG SAYS: THIS IS A CRIME OF MORAL TERPITUDE BY AN ON-DUTY POLICE OFFICER AND NOT EVEN A FELONY IS IN PLCE BY THIS JUDGE? THIS OPENS THE DOOR FOR HIM TO CONTINUE HIS CAREER AND POSSIBLY REPEAT BEHAVIORS.


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