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Police said 4 men missing for months were killed by retired NY cop in a botched drug deal


Police found four bodies at a former police officer's home in White Plains, N.Y., that are believed to be men murdered in a botched drug deal in April.

Nicholas Tartaglione, 49, was arrested on Monday. The bodies were found on Tuesday, The (Westchester N.Y.) Journal News reports.

Tartaglione pleaded not guilty to drug conspiracy charges as well as murder charges. The Department of Justice said in a statement the former officer planned to sell at least five kilograms of cocaine. 

When the alleged perpetrator of a gangland-style quadruple homicide is a former police officer, that strikes at the heart of civilized society.
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara

The victims -- Marin Luna, Urbano Santiago, Miguel Luna and Hector Gutierrez -- were killed near the Likquid Lounge bar in Chester, N.Y., which Tartaglione's brother Michael runs.

May face death penalty

Tartaglione served as an officer in Mt. Vernon and Pawling before joining the Briarcliff Manor department in 1996. He retired in 2008 and collects a $65,000 pension.

The Journal News reports Tartaglione was suspended in 1999 on perjury charges. He was acquitted but fired, and got his job back after suing.  

He faces at least 10 years in prison on the drug charges, 20 years for the murder charges and may also face the death penalty.

Here's a photo of Tartaglione.

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