Miami-Dade Lieutenant Ran Drugs, Plotted Murder for Dominican Gang, Feds Say

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Until yesterday, Lt. Ralph Mata was the picture of an upstanding Miami-Dade cop. He was a top leader in Internal Affairs, spending his days going after corruption and abuse in the ranks. He'd earned exactly one mention in the Miami Herald in his career, for helping to lead a feel-good drug bust in Carol City.

But Mata had a secret double life, prosecutors say. To a violent Dominican gang, he was better known as "the Milk Man" and spent years feeding police intel to the drug-runners, buying them guns, protecting shipments, and even concocting a murder plot.

The indictment -- brought by federal prosecutors in New Jersey -- includes a stunning set of charges against the officer. According to the feds, Mata was the inside man for an unnamed drug organization based out of the Dominican Republic. Whatever the gang needed done in Miami, authorities say, he'd do it.

He bought a cache of weapons and flew them to the DR on two trips, they say, and tipped the gang off with inside information about a New Jersey raid that nabbed almost a half-million dollars of their drug proceeds. He was a bag man who regularly carried cash for the criminals.

And most eye-opening of all, he helped concoct a murder plot against a rival gang that would involve "his contacts -- assassins -- wear[ing] uniforms and badges to make it appear as though the two targets of the plot were being pulled over by law enforcement before shooting them," prosecutors say. The hit never happened.

In exchange for all of his help, Mata allegedly received thousands in cash and a Rolex watch.

Federal agents arrested the 45-year-old officer yesterday in Miami Gardens and charged him with three felonies for allegedly aiding the drug gang, leaving fellow officers speechless.

Before his arrest, Mata's only mention in the Herald came in 2005, when -- ironically -- he helped a drug raid at a Carol City complex. Here's his tough-on-drugs stance at the time:

For Lt. Ralph Mata, the operation was definitely a success. No officers were hurt and they were able to take eight allegedly violent criminals off the street.

"In a small proximity apartment complex, these are good numbers," Mata said. "I think you're going to see a big turnaround. We had anonymous people who live there come up to us and tell us, 'thank you.'"

To make sure criminals stay away from the complex, Mata said the police will follow up regularly with patrols by uniformed officers.

"When they walk through, they're going to talk to the citizens to get the true feedback of what is occurring," Mata said.

This morning on LEO Affairs, a department-specific message board for police officers, commenters bemoaned the arrest for leveling a massive black eye on MDPD, with one visitor exclaiming "this department has become the biggest joke in the nation!"

Mata is scheduled to make his first appearance in federal court this morning.

(H/T to Random Pixels)

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DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Cops are scumbag criminals with badges and guns.

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

...............marielitos in uniform

Phil Ramirez
Phil Ramirez

The only thing that lures Cuban cops into the hood, is nothing but easy drug money (remember the OpaLocka ringleader?!). And defender by a lawyer named "Fleischer"?!?! Miami corruption at its best.

Elizabeth Valdes
Elizabeth Valdes

This just clearly shows corruption is everywhere!! Didn't appreciate the Hialeah joke. I agree that he is probably not a lone ranger in this. Internal Affairs need to step up to the plate in this matter.

Bernie_Bernstein
Bernie_Bernstein

When will Miami learn to NEVER hire Island Niggers or Italians as cops 

James Kelley
James Kelley

I bet he ends up on the Hialeah "force". HA! jk

Cts Limo Cts Limo
Cts Limo Cts Limo

Nothing wrong with what, he did, the civilian population didn't suffer

Javy Pino
Javy Pino

MDPD reform? he can't be the only one

Corey Andras
Corey Andras

Joshua Bruno, Milk Man in full affect! Lol!

Rose Vassey
Rose Vassey

wonders why this does not surprise me

Muse TD
Muse TD

Then we wonder why everything is so corrupt and money keeps disappearing or being allocated to fund things that we dont need. Wake up MIAMI!

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

...............otherwise this is NOT a story of ONE corrupt officer - when the scope and range of activity spans time and geography this story is way bigger and many many others would have to be involved

QED: it's either 1) mostly FALSE concocted by a desperate defendant trying to roll on others to save his own skin OR 2) absolutely TRUE

that federal prosecutors in NEW JERSEY are involved and would have vetted the details BEFORE hand to secure the arrest, now it's MATAs turn to either 1) come clean OR 2) perjure himself and be both a liar and a drug mule and gun runner

problem for MDPD: if MATA is guilty then so are many many other MDPD LEOs

Seán Schauseil
Seán Schauseil

Three times the sentencing for all public officials!!!

Anthony Yacobozzi
Anthony Yacobozzi

Time for a new South Florida T.V. Series.. The Milk Man & Hutch...?

Ismael Antonio Sanabria
Ismael Antonio Sanabria

As a Leo this department is the biggest joke in America. We hate them whenever they came up to ny for law enforcement conventions. A joke

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

.....................its how we roll here in MIAMI

PEREZ actually uses this in marketing and promotional pitches of his high-rise luxury condo units for sale to latin and south americans

estimate another dozen or more DRUG KING PINs to buy units sight unseen for CASH money wired in from foreign LLCs at over $800 per square foot since it is now determined as proof positive that MDPD is corrupt and corruptable.........meaning MIAMI is the best place in the free world to lauder and hide drug wealth

PEREZ et al will continue to milk the these big-time drug dealers on those over-priced real estate deals building some dozen or more mega-monstrous luxury high-rises

and WHO is going to change any of it ? - LEOs are on-the-take, the judiciary is paid-off, and elected officials have been bought from the beginning - so what and how is going to change ?

MIAMI is one big corrupt drug mega-money fueled hispanic samba

Irene Delgadillo Costa
Irene Delgadillo Costa

Millie, so your blaming the city for this corrupt cop??? Open your eyes, they are everywhere and don't blame it on the city!!! There are plenty of people in Miami that make it just fine without being a scumbag!!

Jorge Garcia Jr
Jorge Garcia Jr

In Miami this is very common, this is nothing new! My dad always told me since I was little that cops are "delinquentes" with a badge!

Millie Santana
Millie Santana

WOW! This is what happens in a place like Miami, where jobs salaries are a joke and the cost of living is sky high. Some people have to find other means to be able to support their families. I'm sure he is NOT the only Cop doing this, he is the one that caught.

Kris Rodriguez
Kris Rodriguez

Dont ever trust a guy they call "lechero" #JustSayin

Michael Cimino
Michael Cimino

Juan Fernandez theres not exactly a great pool of people to choose from down here

Michael Dittmeier
Michael Dittmeier

A crooked cop? I don't believe it. It can't be true especially a cop whose job it was to go after crooked cops. How ironic

Gomez Christian
Gomez Christian

if no one is sure by now, stay outta cops way and dont trust or deal with them, anything that needs to be spoken u have the right to remain silent and deal with it in court, never trust police AT ALL

Juan Fernandez
Juan Fernandez

Not surprised miami dade doesn't hire the best people

Tony Prieto
Tony Prieto

As a LEO, he will get the maximum sentence allowable.

keithsygman
keithsygman

because Hialeah cops are the scum of the earth . Drunken , druggie scumbags

keithsygman
keithsygman

We hate them in dade too. They kill, sell drugs and act as bad as the people they arrest . Its a joke

keithsygman
keithsygman

No he wont . The Hollywood cops got only 8 years for the same thing

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