Titusville police officer charged with drug dealing with firearm, officials say

Officer indicted on federal charges after dealing more than 500 grams of cocaine

Published On: Mar 06 2014 01:47:15 PM EST   Updated On: Mar 06 2014 01:59:33 PM EST
Richard Irizarry
TITUSVILLE, Fla. -

A Titusville police officer has been indicted on Thursday after authorities say he participated in a drug deal while he was carrying a firearm.

According to the Department of Justice, Richard Irizarry, 45, of Viera, was charged with attempting to aid and abet the distribution of cocaine, possessing a firearm in furtherance of the drug distribution, and using a telephone to facilitate the drug distribution.

The incident occurred in January 2014, the indictment stated. Irizarry was dealing more than 500 grams of cocaine, according to authorities.

Irizarry faces a minimum of 10 years, up to a maximum penalty of 40 years in federal prison, officials said.

He makes his first appearance in federal court in Orlando at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday. Check back for more on this story.