Miami officer charged with DUI, possession of cocaine

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Miami Police Officer Jeffrey Marcano

– Miami-Dade fixes

A Miami police officer being watched by Internal Affairs detectives was arrested early Sunday for drunk driving and possession of cocaine.

Jeffrey Marcano was handcuffed in Miami’s Brickell neighborhood as he tried to flee in his patrol car after drinking outside the D-Dog House restaurant. On Sunday afternoon, the 32-year-old remained at Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Facility.

According to an arrest report, anti-corruption investigators watched Marcano as he drove his patrol car, parked and entered the restaurant. He was under surveillance for an “ongoing administrative matter”, but the report did not give further details of the investigation.

Detectives watched him hanging out, beating drinks with a group of men, according to the report. When he left, Marcano was seen “bragging and swaying as he approached [his] vehicle.”

To protect “the safety of the people of the city of Miami”, the detectives prevented him from leaving. His eyes were bloodshot and he smelled of alcohol, according to the report.

As he stood near the bumper, Detective Jesus Fundora saw him “moving around and placing his right hand in his right front pocket”. The detective saw him drop two clear plastic bags containing suspected powder cocaine behind his feet, police said.

Marcano lost his balance several times during a roadside sobriety test. A breath test showed his blood alcohol level was 0.34, well above the legal limit of 0.08, according to the report.

This story was originally published August 21, 2022 3:12 p.m.

David Ovalle covers crime and the courts in Miami. A San Diego native, he graduated from the University of Southern California and joined the Herald in 2002 as a sportscaster.

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