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Dallas cop accused of illegal gambling bribed sergeant with gift card to 'be on alert for ya boy,' police say
Naheed Rajwani, Staff writer
A Dallas police officer suspected of illegal gambling tried to bribe a sergeant with a $100 restaurant gift card to keep his habits under wraps, police say.
Senior Cpl. Edrick Smith repeatedly asked for a heads-up if police were planning to bust the illegal gambling business that he frequented — at one point asking the sergeant to send him a "Go Cowboys" text to hint at a police raid.
What the accused officer didn't know at the time: The sergeant was recording their conversations to help police build a case against him.
(Dallas County sheriff's office)
Senior Cpl. Edrick Smith was arrested Thursday by the department's public integrity unit, police said. The 33-year-old is charged with bribery, misuse of official information and promotion of gambling.
Smith later met the responding sergeant and told her he was inside the facility when she visited but didn't say anything to her at the time. The sergeant, Latasha Moore, reported the conversation to the Police Department's public integrity unit, which investigates allegations of criminal wrongdoing against officers.
Investigators set her up with an audio recording device for her next meeting with Smith, who told her to "keep your eye out for me" and to "be on alert for ya boy" so he could stay ahead of the curve if the vice unit planned to execute warrants at the gambling place, arrest records say.
The arrest affidavit says Smith offered to give the sergeant a gift card to the restaurant Pappadeaux, telling her, "I'm gonna bless your game, man."
He allegedly implied that he knew that betting on games was illegal, but he wanted to "get everything I can" before the vice unit caught wind of it.
"I'm cool," he allegedly told the sergeant, "but I ain't that ... cool I'ma jeopardize my job or investigation and make the news."