Past of Hialeah Police Sgt. arrested reveals reprimands
HIALEAH, Fla. (WSVN) -- A South Florida police officer accused of betraying the badge is said to have had a problematic past before his arrest.
Before Sgt. Tomas Muñoz appeared in bond court begging a judge to believe he was not carrying crack cocaine and a pipe in a Miami motel room, he spent 15 years fighting crime on the streets of Hialeah.
Some of those years were spent as a decorative narcotics detective. His internal file is full of recommendations, recognition from other officers and recommendations to his bosses calling his police work "invaluable."
By Feb. 2004, Muñoz earned the title as Police Sergeant, but in 2011, his jacket comments changed from high praise to constant reprimands. His files include month after month of increasing unexcused sick time and court appearances.
In March of 2013, a fellow officer wrote to his superiors saying, "I believe that he is having personal problems he wants to keep to himself. These problems seem to be affecting Sgt. Muñoz' daily work performances. He's abrasive and comes across like if I'm bothering him or getting on his nerves."
After bonding out of jail on drug charges Sunday, Muñoz told 7News it all happened because of a love story. "I met a girl," said Muñoz, "she happens to have a pimp."
On March 14, the chief put Sgt. Muñoz on paid leave without any police authority.
Reporter: "Why don't you tell us about your charges?"
Muñoz: "Because I don't feel like it."
Reporter: "Did you have cocaine with you at the time?"
Muñoz: "I don't wish to answer any questions concerning the charges."
Now, the once highly accoladed officer could go to jail on cocaine charges and spend time amongst the people he arrested off the streets.
Sgt. Muñoz is still assigned to stay at home pending the outcome of both the internal investigation and clearing up the allegations against him. If that happens, Hialeah Police has refused to comment on any of those issues.
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