An NYPD detective has been charged with perjury after prosecutors said his changing testimony sank a drug case.
Detective Abel Joseph has been released without bail after his arraignment Tuesday.
Defense lawyer James Moschella says Joseph is an 11-year police officer who has helped build many drug cases.
The case centers on Joseph's account of arresting an accused PCP dealer in 2010.
The Manhattan district attorney's office says the 39-year-old detective contradicted his grand jury testimony about the arrest when he testified later at a pretrial hearing.
Prosecutors say he gave conflicting accounts of such details as whether he'd located the alleged buyers. They say the contradictions spurred them to drop the case.
Joseph was suspended from the police department after his arrested.