State Narcotics Agent Charged With Stealing $33,000

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Authorities have filed criminal charges against an agent with the state’s Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement, alleging he stole $33,000 during an internal investigation last week.

Gabriel Noel Baltodano, 35, has been charged with two counts of grand theft and embezzlement by a public or private officer and one count of filing a false police report, Deputy District Attorney Alfred Coletta said.

Officials with the California Attorney General’s Office said Baltodano’s fellow agents were alerted to the possibility he was stealing proceeds from the narcotics suspect last Tuesday and Thursday, prompting an internal investigation.

The nine-year Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement veteran is scheduled to be arraigned Monday afternoon after his arrest last Thursday.

Prosecutors are asking Baltodano’s bail be set at $125,000.

If convicted, Baltodano is facing up to four years and four months in state prison, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

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Comments

One Comment

  1. THE MAN says:

    Good for Baltodano, glad he go caught,thats what he gets.

  2. .. says:

    A stupid does stupid.

  3. Joe Copper says:

    Nyah see….dirty copper tried to take my money see.

  4. THE EYE says:

    THIS IS NOTHING NEW. IT HAS BEEN HAPPENING IN THE INNER CITY AND THE BARRIOS FOR YEARS. THE COPS CALL IT FREE MONEY WHEN THEY STEAL FROM CROOKS. HIDE BEHIND THE BADGE AND GETAWAY WITH IT. LOCK HIM UP FOR 20 YEARS.

  5. Charlie says:

    Eureka!!The “mordida” is doing just fine and dandy here in the USA. There’s crooked cops everywher.

  6. Happy says:

    Real life Training day .

  7. Cuate says:

    All cops do that s**t!!!! He just happen to get caught.

  8. Big John says:

    many more bad cops to go. for nine years this one has gotten away with crime. there are so many bad ones & i know of so many that want to become cops they are not friends but i know them & they are shady people but because they have a clean record they have a chance. if they become cops they will still be shady. the dept. around the country need to find a better way to hire these people. maybe they should ask people that know them but are not close friends

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