A Raleigh, NC, officer has been arrested and charged with selling cocaine from his patrol vehicle while on duty.

Keven Rodriguez, 33, a field operations division officer with the Raleigh Police Department faces federal charges of distribution of a quantity of cocaine; and possession of a firearm in furtherance of, and using and carrying a firearm during, a drug trafficking crime.

The complaint says the investigation began when members of the Raleigh Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration received information that Rodriguez was distributing controlled substances in the Raleigh area, and that Rodriguez was a police officer.

The complaint also says that a confidential source arranged to meet with Rodriguez on January 24, 2022.

Rodriguez allegedly drove to the meeting location in his marked Raleigh Police Department patrol car and was carrying his duty firearm. The confidential source met with Rodriguez and gave Rodriguez $2,600 in cash. Rodriguez then reportedly gave the suspect 56 grams of cocaine, the Department of Justice said in a statement.

Rodriguez faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 5 years in prison if convicted, and a maximum of life in prison.

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