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Two N.Y. officers plead not guilty to making false arrests


By Matthew Chayes
New York Newsday

NEW YORK — Two undercover New York police officers in Queens who prosecutors say had clubgoers falsely arrested on trumped-up charges of cocaine dealing pleaded not guilty yesterday to a litany of felony corruption charges.

Officer Henry Tavarez and former Det. Stephen Anderson were indicted on charges that they used cash and cocaine-filled Ziploc bags seized from later-convicted suspects as evidence against innocent men last January during an undercover buy-and-bust operation at an Elmhurst nightclub, prosecutors said.

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