Former Jersey City Police Officer Sentenced to Three Years in Prison for Cigarette Cargo Theft and Extortion U.S. Attorney’s Office
TRENTON, NJ—A former Jersey City police officer was sentenced today to 36 months in prison for his role in stealing more than half a million cigarettes from a trailer and extorting $20,000 from a drug courier who turned out to be an undercover FBI agent, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced. Mario Rodriguez, 40, of Jersey City, New Jersey, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Anne E. Thompson to an information charging him with one count of cargo theft and one count of conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act extortion under color of official right. Judge Thompson imposed the sentence today in Trenton federal court. Read article.