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Miami Vice Takes Bizarre Twist

July 06, 1986|United Press International

MIAMI — An undercover police officer posing as a drug dealer arrested another undercover officer posing as a drug buyer. Officer No. 1 was then busted for keeping No. 2's money.

Officer Gregory Laidler, 31, was working a drug sting operation last week.

An officer from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, planted to catch policemen who have been stealing from buyers, went undercover with $110 in marked money. He bought $10 worth of marijuana from Laidler and paid him with a $20 bill.

Laidler then arrested the undercover Florida law enforcement agent and confiscated all the man's money, police said.

Police said Laidler turned in the $20 bill and two $5 bags of marijuana and left for the night. Two officers from the Miami Police internal security unit followed Laidler and arrested him. They found the other $90 in Laidler's car.

Laidler was charged with petty theft and official misconduct and was relieved of duty with pay.

"An investigation had been going on since the beginning of June due to allegations of missing money made by people arrested in stings," said Officer Reginald Roundtree. "Laidler was involved in all the arrests."

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