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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Puerto Rico

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Former Puerto Rico Police Officer Sentenced to 48 Months of Imprisonment for Participating in Robbery and Extortion Conspiracy

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Former Puerto Rico police officer Carlos Boyrie-Laboy was sentenced today to 48 months of imprisonment and three years of supervised release by District Judge Francisco A. Besosa for his role in a robbery and extortion conspiracy.

Boyrie-Laboy conspired with Sergeant Miguel Conde-Vellón and officer Luis Rodríguez-García on multiple occasions to illegally enter premises, detain individuals, and steal property while in their official capacity as police officers. Boyrie-Laboy was found guilty on December 6, 2021 following a one week jury trial. Conde-Vellón and Rodríguez-García pleaded guilty and were sentenced to 24 months of imprisonment.

The United States established at trial that on December 29, 2016, defendants, Conde-Vellón, Rodríguez-García, and Boyrie-Laboy, while acting in their official capacity as PRPD officers and carrying firearms, made an unauthorized, forced entry into a residence located in the Duque Ward in Naguabo, PR, which they believed to be the stash house location utilized by the purported illegal seller of pyrotechnics. The defendants searched the residence, located and took possession of the following pyrotechnics: two (2) boxes of fireworks each containing 40 pieces of generic fireworks, two (2) boxes each containing 53 pieces of Thunder Max fireworks, one (1) box containing 18 pieces of Premiere FWK fireworks, and $2,995.00 in U.S. currency, which they believed to be proceeds of illegal activity from the person and presence, of a confidential source without lawful authority. In fact, the pyrotechnics and money stolen by the defendants was the property of the United States, with a combined value in excess of $1,000.

On or about June 15, 2017, defendants, Conde-Vellón, Rodríguez-García, Boyrie-Laboy, and Quermie Marquez-Rivera, while acting in their official capacity as PRPD officers and carrying firearms, made an unauthorized, forced entry into a residence located in the Calabazas Ward in Yabucoa, PR, which they believed to be the stash house location utilized by the purported illegal seller of stolen electronic equipment. The defendants searched the residence in order to locate and steal cash and property belonging to the purported illegal seller of electronic equipment. They found and stole two Samsung Tablets, and $6,350.00 in U.S. currency, which they believed to be proceeds of illegal activity from a confidential informant without lawful authority. In fact, the electronic equipment and money stolen by the defendants was the property of the United States, with a combined value in excess of $1,000.

This investigation was conducted by the FBI’s Humacao Resident Agency. Assistant U.S. Attorney Marie Christine Amy handled the prosecution of the case.

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Public Corruption
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Updated April 13, 2022