Former SF police officer pleads guilty to federal charges in corruption case 

click to enlarge Six police officers were indicted due to their involvement in searches on SROs. - COURTESY VIDEO IMAGE
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  • Six police officers were indicted due to their involvement in searches on SROs.

A former police officer indicted with a group of other officers in connection with a corruption case pleaded guilty to felony charges in federal court Thursday and made a plea agreement in the process.

Reynaldo Vargas, a police officer until he was fired in 2012, was indicted in February along with five current officers of the Police Department for a host of federal charges, including constitutional-rights violations, extortion, lying in court and on police reports, and dealing drugs.

Vargas pleaded guilty to three of the charges, which included distribution of marijuana, theft and conspiracy to distribute drugs. He did not plead guilty to a charge of conspiracy against civil rights.

The officers were all part of plainclothes investigation teams whose alleged misdeeds in searches conducted at single-room-occupancy hotels in the Mission, the Tenderloin and on Sixth Street -- including allegedly searching rooms without warrants -- were captured on video revealed by the Public Defender's Office in 2011.

The five other officers involved included Sgt. Ian Furminger, 47, of Pleasant Hill; Officer Edmond Robles, 46, of Danville; Officer Arshad Razzak, 41, of San Francisco; Officer Richard Yick, 37, of San Francisco; and Officer Raul Eric Elias, 44, of San Mateo, prosecutors said.

The first trials in the case -- involving Furminger and Robles, both of whom have pleaded not guilty -- are set to begin Nov. 3.

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Jonah Owen Lamb

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Born and raised on a houseboat in Sausalito, Lamb has written for newspapers in New York City, Utah and the San Joaquin Valley. He was most recently an editor at the San Luis Obispo Tribune for nearly three years. He has written for The S.F. Examiner since 2013 and covers criminal justice and planning.
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