Seven members of the New York Police Department were arrested for allegedly running a prostitution and gambling network, it was announced.
The suspects include three sergeants, two detectives and two officers, in addition to more than 40 civilians who have been arrested, according to the New York Post.
The NYPD personnel who were arrested were stripped of their badges and firearms, the New York Daily News reported.
They have been identified as Sgt. Carlos Cruz of the 69th Precinct in Brooklyn; Sgt. Louis Failla of the Queens South Evidence Control Team; Sgt. Cliff Nieves from the investigation unit of the Transit Office; Police officer Steven Nieves of the 84th precinct in Brooklyn Heights; Police officer Giancarlo Raspanti of District 109 in Flushing, Queens; Detective Gionanny Rojas-Acosta of the Criminal Investigation Division of the NYPD; and Detective Rene Samaniego of the Brooklyn Vice Squad of the South.
The seven face charges of official misconduct and corporate corruption, according to Alerts from New York City.
One of the arrested civilians is a retired vice-detective who is married to a prostitute, according to reports.
The retired vice-detective and his wife are suspected of operating multiple brothels on Roosevelt Avenue in Queens, as well as in the Sunset Park section of Brooklyn.
Seven members of the New York Police Department were arrested for allegedly running a prostitution and gambling network, it was announced. The previous stock image shows a NYPD car in Manhattan
The arrests are the culmination of a multi-year investigation that involved "hundreds of hours of surveillance and multiple (wiretapping)," sources told the Daily News.
The investigation was overseen by the NYPD Office of Internal Affairs.
According to reports, the investigators raided the station of 72 Precinct post in Sunset Park.
Once inside, the desk supervisor was told to take the investigators to the locker belonging to a detective.
The Internal Affairs staff then broke the lock and extracted evidence from the locker, the Post reported.
The investigators then went to the detective's house and detained him.
The NYPD officers arrested in the case are accused of providing protection for prostitution, drugs and gambling.
IAB allegedly received advice from another officer three years ago, which triggered the investigation.
"This was an investigation initiated by a service member, followed by Internal Affairs and came to this conclusion," a source told the Daily News.
& # 39; We are cleaning our own house. This was literally a member of the department calling IAB and saying that he did not like what was happening here.
The investigation was overseen by the NYPD Office of Internal Affairs. According to reports, investigators raided the 72nd post of the police station in Sunset Park, Brooklyn (seen in the previous stock image)
The Chief Constable of the New York Police Department, Commissioner James O'Neill, issued a statement saying: "Today, those who swore and then betrayed have felt the consequences of that infidelity.
& # 39; The people of this Department are rightly held at the highest level, and if they do not comply, the penalty will be quick and severe.
"I thank Deputy Commissioner Joseph Reznick for the thorough investigation by the Office of Internal Affairs, in partnership with the Queens District Attorney's Office, to eradicate this illicit activity.
"His unit initiated this investigation and, in doing so, sent a clear message: there is no place in the NYPD for criminal or unethical behavior."
The officers will be prosecuted by the Queens District Attorney's Office.