NYPD Officer Accused of Laundering Drug Money

Officer faces federal charges

Federal agents have arrested a veteran NYPD officer on charges she laundered more than $230,000 in drug money.

Yaniris Balbuena is to appear in federal court Friday to face conspiracy charges.

Prosecutors say the 31-year-old Balbuena was the longtime girlfriend of a drug trafficker in the Bronx. They say bank records show that she deposited the money into nine bank accounts in amounts that were beyond her means as a police officer.

Balbuena, who joined the force in 2000, made a maximum $59,500 a year in salary. She's been suspended from the force.

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