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Ex-HPD Officers Plead Guilty to Taking Bribe to Protect Cocaine Run

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Emerson Canizales (left) and Michael Miceli. (Credit: HPD)

Emerson Canizales (left) and Michael Miceli. (Credit: HPD)

Two ex-Houston police officers have pleaded guilty to charges related to taking a bribe in order to protect a vehicle that was transporting cocaine.

Prosecutors say Emerson Canizales and Michael Miceli each pleaded guilty in Houston federal court on Friday to conspiracy to violate the Hobbs Act, also known as extortion under color of official right.

A joint task force set up a sting operation in December in which Canizales and Miceli, both 27, provided protection to a vehicle with narcotics as it traveled in Houston.

The two ex-officers acknowledged they split $1,000 that was paid to them.

Canizales and Miceli are scheduled to be sentenced on September 27. Each faces up to 20 years in prison and a possible $250,000 fine. Both men remain free on bond.

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