A former Opa-locka police captain was sentenced in Miami federal court Thursday to more than seven years in prison and four years' probation after pleading guilty to drug trafficking charges, according to court documents.
Arthur Balom, 46, of Miramar, was facing a maximum of 40 years in prison. Family and friends submitted 11 letters to U.S. District Judge Joan Lenard seeking leniency at his sentencing hearing.
The 12-year police veteran was accused of distributing cocaine, Ecstasy and oxycodone for an Opa-locka-based drug trafficking organization known as The Back Blues, investigators said.
Several examples came out in court hearings. In one instance, FBI agents gave Balom a notebook with photographs of armed robbery suspects and asked Balom about a suspected co-conspirator. The next day Balom met with that suspect and showed him the FBI notebook, court records stated.
On another occasion, Balom sold four bulletproof vests to some members of the drug organization. One of those vests was worn by a gunman who shot and killed a Brinks security guard outside a Bank of America branch on Miramar Parkway in Miramar in October 2010, prosecutors said...
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