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City of Miami Police Officer Adrian Santos has been charged with Possession of Cocaine as a result of activities that took place on the evening of November 17, 2017, and the early morning of November 18, 2017 while Santos was in a Miami nightclub known as E11even, located at 29 NE 11th Street. Santos, a two and a half year employee of the department, was off-duty and out of uniform at the time. Witnesses indicated that Santos was allegedly observed with a plastic baggie containing a white powdery substance and was observed allegedly inhaling some of the white powder. The nightclub’s surveillance video appears to support this observation.

The nightclub security director was notified and he approached Santos, speaking with him and then taking possession of the plastic baggie containing the white powdery substance. The nightclub security director then escorted Santos out of the nightclub and turned him over to the City of Miami Police Department officers who were working an off-duty security detail outside of the nightclub. The nightclub security director advised the officers that defendant Santos had been seen inside the nightclub inhaling some of the white powdery substance in the plastic baggie. At that point, it came to light that Santos was a City of Miami Police officer. Santos was detained in a police vehicle and the officers took possession of the baggie containing the white powdery substance, securing it in a police vehicle. Upon completion of a forensic analysis, the white powdery substance was positively identified as cocaine.

“Every police officer who has taken an oath to enforce the law also has a duty to respect and follow the law,” said State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle. “There are no exceptions. Today’s charges come after a vigorous criminal investigation undertaken by the Miami Police Department and the State Attorney’s Office aimed at ensuring the integrity of our law enforcement community.”

For Media availability, please contact the State Attorney’s Office at 305-547-0535.

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