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NY Cop-Turned Coke Dealer Arrested After Police Find 4 Bodies Buried in His Yard

Middletown, NY — In a case that sounds like the makings of a Hollywood film, a retired crooked cop has been arrested after authorities discovered the bodies of four missing men on buried on his property.

Nick Tartaglione, of Otisville, recently retired from the Briarcliff Manor police department and now stands accused of murdering four men at a bar in Chester, New York, called the Likquid Lounge, according to court documents.

Tartaglione was arrested Monday on murder charges and for his role in a massive cocaine trade, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara said in a press release.

“While all murders tear at the fabric of our communities, when the alleged perpetrator of a gangland-style, quadruple homicide is a former police officer, that strikes at the heart of civilized society,” Bharara said in a statement. “As alleged, Nicholas Tartaglione, a former Briarcliff Manor police officer, participated in the senseless murder of four people in a bar in Chester, New York.

“These four men had not been seen or heard from since the day of their alleged murder. We hope that today’s arrest brings some measure of comfort to the victims’ families and loved ones,” Bharara said.

According to authorities, two of the murdered men were involved in the cocaine deal that went south while the other two men happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Martin Luna, Urbano Santiago, Miguel Luna and Hector Gutierrez, who were last seen in Chester, New York, were reported missing in April. Their whereabouts have now been sadly confirmed.

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Tartaglione’s history as a cop is less than stellar as he’s been fired, sued, accused of beating journalists, and was an obvious candidate for suspected steroid use.


In 1999, Tartaglione was arrested on perjury charges after being accused lying about a drunk driving arrest he made. However, because of his blue privilege status, in 2003, he was given his job back, plus back pay.

Tartaglione was also involved in the harassment and assault of a local cable TV host, Clay Tiffany. According to court documents, Tiffany was paid $1 million from Briarcliff Manor to settle his lawsuit for being beaten by Tartaglione.

In spite of his horrendous record as a cop, Tartaglione was allowed to retire amid controversy and is receiving a tax-free $64,000 annual pension for the rest of his life.

Being an enforcer in the war on drugs, Tartaglione, like so many cops in his position, seemingly gave in to the easy opportunity to make money from corruption. It is highly unlikely that this cop waited until after he retired to start dealing cocaine as his position as a drug cop gave him easy access to dealers, stolen cash, and lots of confiscated drugs.

The drug addicted Tartaglione is now sitting in jail where he’s being given court order suboxone to ween him from pain pills. If convicted, Tartaglione could face the death penalty. However, that is unlikely as his defense will use his ‘honorable career as a law enforcement officer’ as a means of obtaining a sweet plea deal or a lesser sentence.

“The despicable acts of murder are more egregious in this case because the alleged murderer, a former police officer, once swore to serve and protect people from harm,” FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge William F. Sweeney Jr. said in a statement. “The FBI Hudson Valley Safe Streets Task Force works day after day to battle the crimes that accompany the drug trade to keep criminals and their illegal actions from impacting innocent people. We hope the victims’ families and community find some solace in an arrest being made.”

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Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world. and now on Steemit

  • Phil Freeman

    Not really very bright, burying four dead bodies he killed in his backyard, unlimed. Play stupid games win stupid prizes. Wait till this copper gets inside the pen, cons don’t like cop’s, especially dirty cop’s.

    • The Cat’s Vagina

      Now that you mention it, you’d think a cop would fucking KNOW BETTER than to do that! That’s what happens to the mind when you pickle it with drugs, I suppose.

      • Steve

        Looking at the size of him, he was on more than just dope… steroids and dope pickled that guys ‘brain.’

        • No Dough

          Yep the article said he was suspected for steroids the cops cocktail that the union refuses to drug test them for.

          • Kim


        • Kim


      • Phil Freeman

        Well, I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again. There are no MENSA members in law enforcement.

    • Steve Rusk

      He has been relying on “Blue Privilege” and still is. Lets see where it gets him from here.


    Another example of law enforcement’s finest.

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  • leyland austrian

    police work is not for the ” every person ” and shit happens

  • Thomas Sullivan

    This guy was the stereotypical bad cop. You know many, many other cops/officials knew, yet he retires and walks away with an annual $64K tax free and benefits. Even after costing the taxpayers at least a million.

    If you’re not going to self purge your departments, then you are the ones creating these anti-cop groups.

    • Kim

      You have no idea what you’re talking about, he didnt just sit back and just orchestrat these things… get a clue

      • Thomas Sullivan

        You’re sticking up for the actions of a murderer x 4. Got it.

        Tartaglione repeatedly took the law in his own hands, was caught lying about a DUI arrest, was caught beating a citizen and the department was sued. You’re an absolute fool. He’s a drug dealer who murdered 4 people. Psychopath.

        • Kim

          Your absolutely wrong about the DUI, itvwas thrown out of court and the beating of the citizen u are speaking about, his charges were also dropped, again things u know nothing about. But like i said, i am appalled over this and of course people are people, i would NEVER had seen this coming and it disgusts me but also keep in mind, 2 of those men,were highly involved,as i feel terrible and my heart breaks for them, i actually feel worse for thev2 that were in the wrong place. Regardless,how well do you really know a person, im not defending his actions but im just defending the actions that are only being half spoken about… theres always more to a story BUT i am happy that hopefully it brings peace to the families of these 4 men (even thou 2 had very dirty hands). Sad all around.

          • Thomas Sullivan

            I’m not wrong. Proving perjury beyond a reasonable doubt is very difficult. Tartaglione was a dirty cop and perjury was only one of his many transgressions. Hopefully, he’ll finally face the needle, and I’ll happily cheer. Scum bag finally gets his due.

          • John J Publicus

            Sock puppet apologist…

  • Ibcamn

    hahahahaha….have been telling you all they are junkies and thieves…and of course murderers….TA-DAH.

  • Kim

    First of all, none of you know him and as i have known him for over 20yrs I feel the need to defend him. I am just as shocked as everyone else is, he never even had a drink until his k-9 dog, angus, died. I am NOT defending the murder or distribution of drugs, to be honest Ive been sick ever since Ive learned of this and feel awful 4 the 2 men that “were in the wrong place at the wrong time” BUT, as no excuse for murder, NONE of you know what he was put through for yrs, he didnt just become this bad cop and created carnage where ever he was,as the news is making it seem. This man HAS NEVER used steriods, EVER! He and his family have done so much good for so many people,things that of course are not being reported, that makes it difficult to listen and read all this negative stuff, because this is not the man ive known for so long. But like I said, im appalled at his actions, if proven guilty but please dont make comments about stuff you know nothing about!!!

    • billdeserthills

      You sound like quite the enabler, perhaps the families of these dead people should be placing some amount of blame upon you, as well

      • Kim

        Thats just an idiotic thing to say… dummy

        • billdeserthills

          C an’t
          U nderstand
          N ormal
          T hinking

    • John Jacobs

      Well… obviously You DIDNT KNOW Him at all…
      As is the case with most friends of cops & Government… you wore ‘blinders’ all those years… (and still do…)
      Its called “Cognitive Dissonance”… please do yourself a service and look it up

      • Kim

        Your wrong and i know all about cognitive dissonance… my heart breaks 4 these men,even thou 2 of them were very dirty,but my heart breaks 4 the families. I am NOT defending the murder of 4 men, im just defending the other things being reported carelessly.

        • John Jacobs

          At THIS point… YOU and ‘cop lovers’ like YOU, are as much to blame as the ‘Blue Line’ as the murderers and rapists that I post on my wall EVERY DAY about…
          What are you defending Kim… ?
          Its becoming pretty clear that He IS a coke dealer & a murderer right… Ok, so… The DUI … do you really think that (Blue-Line) cops arrested this guy “WRONGFULLY” for drinking and driving… I’ve seen a couple videos where they let cops continue to drive their car the rest of the way home even though they were drunker than snot…
          Or do you think that this (Blue-Line) cop is SUCH a good & decent man… that, these ‘other’ Blue-Line criminals were just trying to set him up… because he was making THEM look bad…
          You are an enabler and because of you and people like you these murders continue on a daily basis… there were 1100 Americans murdered last year by police less than 40% of them had weapons at the time they were killed… (thats over 91 per month… over 3 a day !!!!! No jury !!! No trial… )
          It’s WRONG… !!! And YOU are wrong… Wrong (personally) defending this murdering coke dealer and wrong about what he was capable of as well. Hell, you’re even wrong about cognitive dissonance you’ve got extremely bad very few people ever recover from it you are the problem and why the Blue Line exists please get yourself neutered.

    • Gina Marie

      Sorry Kim, he did use steroids. He did like to deny it and say he was all natural. I know

  • PAUL

    Typical scumbag P.I.G. I hope that he spends the rest of his life in prison for murdering those guys, Lord knows how many others he murdered.

  • Since he’s a former cop, he’ll probably get a $50 fine and 10 hours of community service.