Ex-Phila. officer on trial in heroin scheme case

March 1, 2011 1:46:36 PM PST
A former Philadelphia police officer is on trial in federal court in an alleged drug scheme.

Prosecutors allege that 27-year-old Mark Williams conspired with other officers and a drug dealer to rob a heroin supplier and share the profits.

During testimony Tuesday, an undercover drug agent says the scheme got off to a slow start because the officers were suspicious, but they eventually took the bait.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Anthony Wzorek said in opening statements that Williams violated his oath and "became a drug dealer." But defense attorneys Anna Durbin and Joseph Valvo told jurors to be skeptical of what they hear about Williams and his co-defendant, Zachary Young.

Two other former officers, 30-year-old Robert Snyder and 32-year-old James Venziale, earlier pleaded guilty and are to be sentenced in May.

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