Jared Weinberg, who had recently become a District of Columbia police officer at the time of his May arrest, pleaded guilty today to conspiring to launder drug money.
In 2009 and 2010, Mr. Weinberg, 28, of Elkridge, Md., rented an apartment in that town that was used by accused cocaine dealer Damon L. Collins, according to assistant U.S. attorney Ross Lenhardt.
Mr. Collins, according to the prosecutor, was a longtime friend of Mr. Weinberg and also a supplier to the cocaine ring that investigators said was led by Robert R. Spence, of Coraopolis.
Mr. Spence has pleaded not guilty.
Mr. Lenhardt said that the apartment rented by Mr. Weinberg was used by Mr. Collins to conduct cocaine deals. The prosecutor added that Mr. Weinberg helped count drug money, and has admitted to involvement in laundering $14,900.
Mr. Weinberg agreed with Mr. Lenhardt's summary of his involvement.
An affidavit filed in the case indicates that the apartment rent, including a garage fee, was $1,795 a month, which was in excess of Mr. Weinberg's earnings at the time. He later became a police officer, and worked in that capacity for several months before his arrest.
Mr. Lenhardt said that Mr. Weinberg has no prior criminal history and faces around 10 to 16 months in prison under federal sentencing guidelines. He was released until sentencing, set for December 13.
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