BSO Deputy Arrested For Burglary, Extortion

(CBS4)   A Broward Sheriff’s Office deputy was arrested Friday on charges of drug possession, burglary and armed extortion. 

Manuel Silva, 34, had received several commendations in various BSO newsletters including his “tenacity and persistence to locate stolen guns.” 

But now Silva is the one behind bars at the main jail in downtown Fort Lauderdale accused of charges that also include possession of oxycodone and other drugs without a prescription. 

BSO Spokeswoman Dani Moschella confirmed his arrest and said an internal investigation had been launched. According to the BSO website, Silva worked for the Central Broward District. 

Silva’s case marks the third time this year a Broward Sheriff’s Office deputy has been charged with a crime. 

In August of 2009, BSO Deputy Jonathan Bleiweiss was accused of sexually battering several illegal immigrant men he pulled over in traffic stops. He faces 58 charges including sexual battery, false imprisonment and stalking. 

In April of 2009, BSO Deputy Charles Grady turned in his badge and resigned from the force after a judge sentenced him to two years probation and psychological evaluation for inappropriately touching women during routine traffic stops. He will never be allowed to work in law enforcement again. 

Grady was officially charged with two counts of misdemeanor battery on women and wasn’t technically arrested. Grady had worked for the Broward Sheriff’s Office since 1997. 

“I’m extremely disappointed,” Sheriff Al Lamberti said in a statement released in April of 2009. “It disturbs me when any law enforcement officer is accused of tarnishing the badge. We initiated a full investigation and I commend the detectives for the job they did.”

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