High-ranking Phila. police officer Castro arrested

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High-ranking Phila. police officer Castro arrested

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By Allison Steele
Inquirer Staff Writer

[caption id="attachment_13568" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Police Inspector Daniel Castro. (JOHN COSTELLO / File Photograph)"][/caption]A high-ranking Philadelphia police officer seen as one of the department's rising stars was arrested Friday on federal charges of extortion and bribery, bringing a stunning end to the career of an ambitious 25-year veteran.

The accusations against 47-year-old Inspector Daniel Castro, detailed in an indictment unsealed Friday, stem from a real estate deal that failed, causing Castro to lose a $90,000 investment. He is accused of asking someone to hire an enforcer to use threats of violence to recoup the money.

Castro sought help from the wrong man: a witness who was cooperating with the FBI, the indictment states. The witness told Castro he would find someone to forcibly collect the debt, and the FBI arranged for an undercover agent to pose as that enforcer. The FBI witness acted as a go-between for Castro and the "enforcer," which Castro believed would protect him from getting caught.

As Castro and the FBI witness planned the scheme last July, Castro said the enforcer shouldn't be too aggressive. "I can't get myself in trouble," Castro said, according to the indictment. "I want to be police commissioner."

Some in the department had long speculated that Castro had a chance at becoming the city's top cop. Castro, who this year was appointed head of the Traffic Division, was ranked three levels below Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey and was paid a salary of more than $90,000.

He served as captain of some of the city's roughest districts, and has worked in Internal Affairs. He has two master's degrees and was the recipient of an international fellowship, on which he studied community policing in Scotland.

And when Sgt. Stephen Liczbinski's killer, Eric DeShawn Floyd, led police on a five-day manhunt in 2008, Castro was in charge of the operation that reeled him in.

"Prior to this, people looked at him as having a bright future in the department," Ramsey said at a news conference Friday.

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