Drug Trafficking

Bakersfield police detective took bribes, disclosed info to drug dealer, feds say

A Bakersfield police detective was arrested Friday on suspicion of conspiring with a narcotics dealer in a methamphetamine distribution operation, federal officials said.

Damacio Diaz, 43, of McFarland, is named in a 16-count indictment accusing him of tipping off the dealer to police investigations, intelligence details and information about law enforcement practices in exchange for bribes, according to federal officials. Diaz is on paid administrative leave from his job.

“When a police officer misuses his badge to commit crimes for personal profit, it is the ultimate betrayal of public trust,” U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner said in a...