LAWFUEL – US Criminal Law News – R. Alexander Acosta, Unit…

LAWFUEL – US Criminal Law News – R. Alexander Acosta, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Mark R. Trouville, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration, Miami Field Office, and Robert Parker, Director, Miami-Dade Police Department, announced that defendant Shynita Townsend, 43, a Miami-Dade Corrections & Rehabilitation Officer, has been arrested on a federal complaint charging her with bribery, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 666(a). If convicted, Townsend faces a statutory maximum sentence of ten (10) years’ imprisonment.

According to the complaint, Townsend, a Miami-Dade Corrections Officer since 1989, was assigned to the Police Department’s Monitored Release Program, where she supervised defendants who are out on bond and wearing electronic monitoring . On June 18, 2003, an individual named Humberto Febles was arrested and charged with various crimes, and subsequently released on a $500,000 bond with home detention. As a condition of his bond, Febles was required to wear an electronic monitoring device and was assigned to defendant Townsend for supervision. While supervising Febles, Townsend allegedly accepted over $5000 in cash and gifts from Febles, including diamond earrings and video games, to allow him to violate the conditions of his bond and evade the electronic monitoring requirements. As a result, Febles was able to continue to operate his drug trafficking organization. Ultimately, Febles fled the jurisdiction and remains a fugitive to this date.

Mr. Acosta commended the investigative efforts of the DEA and the Miami-Dade Police Department’s Public Corruption Investigations Bureau. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Barbara Jean Throne.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida at Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at or on

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