Mark Hayward's City Matters: Coco leaves a void in the undercover force
• Drugs. The heroin seized in the bust amounted to about 60 grams, about 2 ounces, far too small an amount to spread out on a table for cameras. The street value — about $6,000.
By now, we've all seen Coco's face when he shows up at court hearings about his hit-and-run accident last year, when he took off after hitting two teenagers in Bedford. His eyes dart about like a doe during hunting season; his once-beefy cop body is lost in a loose-fitting suit.
In 2009, Coco received two FBI director awards. One was for his work to break up Bloods gang members who were selling drugs and getting high while using guns and home invasions to enforce their enterprise.
"It's a job I couldn't do," Maloney said. "It's dangerous, hard work, and tough on the family."
"I can assure you there's still big investigations going on," Maloney said. "It's not like all we can do is street level."
I don't write this to hit the high notes for Coco on a violin of sympathy. There are certainly aspects of the Coco saga that sour everyone — the plea bargain that got torpedoed, the parsing of words by his lawyer, his excuse that he was distracted by a cell phone.
"I'm sure he will pay for it; he's paying for it right now," Encarnacao said. "That doesn't diminish the good things he has done."
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