A Hialeah police sergeant may have found love in a hopeless place.
Tomas Muñoz, a 15-year veteran of the department, has been suspended with pay after being arrested Saturday and charged with cocaine possession and carrying drug paraphernalia.
He says he’s innocent — and he was set up by his girlfriend’s pimp.
After posting $6,000 bond Monday, he told reporters for WFOR-CBS4 that his was a story of forbidden love.
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“I met a girl — she happens to have a pimp, and we fell in love,” Muñoz said. “And he doesn’t let her be free. This came about because he set the whole thing up.”
According to an arrest report released Monday, Hialeah police got a tip that Muñoz was buying crack cocaine Friday night near Miami International Airport.
Later that night, Miami police found him with a crack pipe and drugs in a Miami motel room, where he was with a woman, according to the report.
As police searched, and found, crack rocks on a night stand and a crack pipe under the mattress, Muñoz appeared to be consoling his girlfriend, according to the police report.
“It’s OK,” he said. “Things happen for a reason.”
The woman, who police have not identified, has not been charged. Hialeah Police spokesman Carl Zogby said she is cooperating with the investigation.
Zogby said that even before Muñoz’s arrest Saturday, the department had already launched an internal affairs investigation into Muñoz, 41.
“He was already under a separate investigation for a separate matter,” Zogby said, only adding that the internal investigation began several weeks ago.
Zogby said Muñoz, who had been reassigned to an administrative job from his regular patrol duties when the internal investigation started, remains in “at-home” status and has been suspended from all police duties. He has been with the Hialeah Police Department since 1998.
Muñoz has an arraignment hearing scheduled for May 28.