Federal authorities say a California cop has ties to Armenian organized crime teams in addition to the Mexican Mafia.
Glendale narcotics detective John Saro Balian is alleged to have tipped off gangsters to impending raids way back to three years in the past, utilizing “burn telephones” to flee identification, the Los Angeles Occasions reported.
He is also accused of helping in different legal exercise, together with stealing automobiles to promote overseas.
Balian, a 45-year-old veteran legislation enforcement officer, denied any wrongdoing when he first got here below suspicion a yr in the past by authorities.
“I am not [expletive] on anyone’s payroll,” he reportedly advised FBI brokers and LAPD officers in a single interview, in accordance with the Occasions.
Three confidential informants advised a special story.
A 47-page affidavit outlined situations the place Balian reportedly provided tricks to criminals-turned-informants.
“Instances involving corrupt public officers — and notably these involving crimes allegedly dedicated by cops — are among the many most troublesome and troubling issues we see,” U.S. Lawyer Nicola T. Hanna, of the Central District of California, stated in a press release, in accordance with Fox News. “If the allegations on this case are confirmed, this police officer offered significant assist to legal enterprises, and his makes an attempt to cowl up his associations served to hinder justice.”
Balian was arrested at his house Tuesday with out incident.
“Mr. Balian moved in legal circles and operated as if he was above the legislation by repeatedly mendacity to cover his legal exercise,” Paul Delacourt, assistant director answerable for the FBI’s Los Angeles area workplace, stated in a press release, the LA Occasions reported. “His alleged actions impeded official investigations into organized violent crime and consequently offered a risk to public security.”
Balian faces as much as 5 years in jail if convicted.