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5 San Francisco police officers face drug, fraud and theft charges

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Five San Francisco police officers are expected to appear in court Friday to faces fraud and theft charges.

A federal grand jury has indicted the officers and a former city policeman in two separate cases, one involving the theft of drugs and computers from suspects, the U.S. attorney’s office announced Thursday.

A San Francisco Police Department sergeant, officer and former officer face multiple charges in connection with selling marijuana, as well as stealing money, gift cards and computers from suspects.

Sgt. Ian Furminger, 47, of Pleasant Hill; Officer Edmond Robles, 46, of Danville; and former Officer Reynaldo Vargas, 45, of Palm Desert are also accused of stealing drugs and valuables from the city.

In the second indictment, three officers were charged with civil rights violations connected to entering single-occupancy hotel rooms without legal justification and intimidating occupants.

Officers Arshad Razzak, 41, of San Francisco; Richard Yick, 37, of San Francisco; and Raul Eric Elias, 44, of San Mateo are also accused of falsifying evidence to hide wrongdoing.

The investigation was sparked after Jeffrey Adachi, a San Francisco public defender, released hotel surveillance footage from a hotel in the Tenderloin neighborhood of plainclothes officers entering hotel rooms.

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