2 ex-Philly cops plead guilty in heroin scheme
Federal prosecutors say a third co-defendant, suspected dealer is set to plead guilty Tuesday
By Maryclaire Dale
PHILADELPHIA — Two former Philadelphia police officers have pleaded guilty in a plot to steal heroin from a suspected drug supplier.
Robert Snyder and James Venziale entered their pleas Monday. They are scheduled to be sentenced in May.
Venziale has agreed to cooperate with prosecutors. He faces a mandatory minimum of five years in prison after admitting he took part in a staged traffic stop of the dealer in May.
Snyder, who is not cooperating, faces a mandatory 10 years on drug and gun charges related to the scheme.
Federal prosecutors say a third co-defendant, suspected dealer Angel Ortiz, is set to plead guilty Tuesday.
Snyder's wife, former officer Mark Williams and the suspected heroin supplier, Miguel Santiago, have pleaded not guilty.