Federal agents bust Miami-Dade police officer in drug sting

Charles Rabin, David Ovalle
·1 min read

A Miami-Dade police officer was taken into custody by federal law enforcement early Thursday morning, the department confirmed. The officer, according to multiple law enforcement sources, was investigated as part of a sting conducted by agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

He is now expected to make his first appearance in federal court on Friday. Sources identified the officer as Rod Flowers.

DEA agents picked up Flowers just before sunrise Thursday morning while he was on duty. Flowers, who has been with the department less than five years, is the son the of Bal Harbour Police Chief Raleigh Flowers.

Details of the investigation were not immediately available. South Florida’s U.S. Attorney’s Office has not yet unsealed a criminal complaint because Flowers hadn’t made his first appearance.

“We can confirm a Miami-Dade police officer was arrested by the DEA,” said Miami police Sgt Erin Alfonso.

Miami Herald staff writer Jay Weaver contributed to this report.

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