Boynton Beach cop/alleged meth trafficker/federal fugitive David Britto is still getting paychecks from the Boynton Beach Police Department, according to a statement released from the department this morning.
The only hitch there is that the department isn't directly depositing the checks into his back account, so he'd have to come down to the station to pick them up.
The U.S. Marshals Service confirmed to the Pulp this morning that Britto -- who was arrested in July on a federal meth-trafficking charge -- is now a fugitive after cutting off his electronic ankle monitor last week.
He's still on paid administrative leave, but the department says, "He must physically come to the police department to claim them from the police chief."
We're guessing Britto wouldn't even make it to the chief before being arrested, but the department says it might take him off of paid leave -- and the force -- pretty soon.
"In addition, as a result of Officer Britto removing his ankle monitor, an internal affairs investigation was initiated and resulted in a sustained finding of conformance [sic] to law," the department says. "His employment here will likely be terminated in the very near future."
The Marshals Service tells us Britto cut off the ankle monitor last week and has been on the run since.
According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Britto, 28, was charged with conspiring to possess and traffic more than 500 grams of meth and could face the maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted.
The former Marine worked 18 narcotics cases last year that led to 25 arrests and seized the following drugs: 757 Xanax pills, 161 oxycodone pills, ten grams of crack cocaine, and 46 grams of weed -- earning him the designation of Officer of the Year in 2010.
Britto's trial was scheduled to begin in mid-September.
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