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5 San Francisco officers indicted by feds

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Federal grand juries have indicted five San Francisco police officers, with two charged with stealing money and drugs seized as part of investigations, federal prosecutors announced on Thursday.

Those two officers and a former officer were also charged with distributing controlled substances and stealing computers, electronic devices and gift cards from suspects.

They were identified as Sgt. Ian Furminger, 47, of Pleasant Hill; Officer Edmond Robles, 46, of Danville; and former officer Reynaldo Vargas, 45, of Palm Desert.

Separately, three officers were charged with civil rights violations for entering single occupancy hotel rooms illegally and intimidating occupants, prosecutors said.

The charges were based on surveillance footage from a hotel in the city’s Tenderloin neighborhood that was released by the city’s public defender, Jeff Adachi, in 2011, prosecutors said.

Those three defendants have been identified as Officer Arshad Razzak, 41, and Officer Richard Yick, 37, both of San Francisco; and Officer Raul Eric Elias, 44, of San Mateo.

San Francisco police scheduled a news conference for 11:45 a.m. PST Thursday to discuss the indictments.

Five of the defendants are scheduled to appear in court on Friday. Vargas was scheduled to appear before a judge later on Thursday, prosecutors said.

Associated Press

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