Cases Involving Narcotics Officer Now Facing Federal Charges


July 30, 2014: Today, United States Attorney Zane Memeger announced the indictment of six Philadelphia Narcotics Officers-Thomas Liciardello, Brian Reynolds, Michael Spicer, Perry Betts, Linwood Norman, and John Speiser- for numerous federal charges.

Two years ago, in 2012, the District Attorney’s Office notified the Philadelphia Police Department that, as a matter of prosecutorial discretion, it would no longer rely on testimony from Officers Liciardello, Reynolds, Spicer, Betts, and Speiser. As a result, there are no open active cases involving these officers.

The Office is now reviewing cases involving Officer Norman from the relevant time period.

Now that the federal investigation has been completed, the District Attorney’s Office will review previous convictions involving these six officers and will take appropriate action. When a decision is made on these cases the District Attorney’s Office will notify the public and the press.


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