As Walter White continues his long and slow demise to the dark side on AMC’s superbly crafted Breaking Bad, one Boyton Beach police officer just couldn’t pass up an opportunity for life to imitate art.
David Britto has been an officer of the law since 2007. By all accounts he was a model officer. Britto taught in the department’s Teen Police Academy, and in 2010, he was named “Officer of the Year” for “using CPR to save a 2-year old girl who almost drowned in the family’s pool and helping to identify a man suspected of shooting two street preachers,” according to CBS Miami.
As the Orlando Sentinel points out, Britto had an “uncanny knack” for tracking down drug dealers. There’s a good reason for that:
Agents wrote in court records that they received a tip that Guedes, who also is known as Juan Carlos Sanchez, was a narcotics trafficker.
Agents began watching Guedes and another man, Marlon Mayoli, who was also later arrested. Agents searched a Mercedes-Benz that Guedes and Mayoli were using, and found a large amount of cash and some drugs in the car and at Guedes’ home. They also found a .38-caliber handgun.
Guedes and Mayoli both pleaded guilty in early June to the lesser crime of conspiring to possess methamphetamine with intent to distribute and to possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. They are to be sentenced in August.
“The Boynton Beach Department vigorously polices itself, and this case is an example of how law enforcement roots out corruption from within its own ranks,” said Police Chief Matthew Immler in a statement. He went on to say that the internal affairs investigation into these allegations is still on going.
The indictment against Britto was announced last Tuesday by the DEA and the U.S. Attorney’s Office. If convicted, Britto faces the possibility of a life sentence.
“The decision to deal drugs while carrying a badge is not only a breach of the law enforcement oath, but a community tragedy as well,” DEA special agent in charge Mark R. Trouville said in a press release.
Britto’s indictment was a result of an ongoing Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force led by the DEA, which was assisted by various police departments including Boynton Beach Police Department’s Internal Affairs, reports the Palm Beach Post.
A Boyton Beach Police Officer’s starting salary is just shy of $47,000 per year, but it does include a slew of benefits like free dry cleaning, a take-home car and a city gym membership.
Clearly, though, the 28-year-old was looking for a bit more out of life. Britto has also been dabbling in a life as a relationship coach and Internet entrepreneur. He’s also the owner of the site How to Win in Relationships. Check out his YouTube video below.
Perhaps he take those skills to the jailhouse? They might come in handy.