The North Miami Police Department’s “Officer of the Month” for July 2012 is Detective Abraham Zuniga, who is currently assigned to the Investigative Division, Crime Suppression Team. Sergeant Angel Rivera nominated him for his diligence and dedication to duty which enabled him to initiate four separate substantial narcotics investigations in a three-week period, as follows:
Case #1: While on a robbery detail, Detective Zuniga observed what he believed to be a narcotics transaction in a parking lot. Detective Zuniga surveilled the vehicle until a traffic stop was conducted. After attempting to destroy the evidence, two subjects were arrested and found to be in possession of 40 grams of cocaine.
Case #2: While on a vehicle burglary detail, Detective Zuniga observed a suspicious hand-to-hand transaction, which he believed was narcotics related. Subsequent to a traffic stop, a subject was found to be in possession of 50 grams of cocaine.
Case #3: Pursuant to a Crime Stoppers tip, Detective Zuniga initiated an investigation which required a substantial amount of surveillance. Detective Zuniga’s determination was rewarded with the arrest of a career criminal, who was in possession of 40 grams of cocaine. The subject’s vehicle is awaiting forfeiture proceedings.
Case #4: While working a multi-agency task force, Detective Zuniga observed a narcotics transaction. As he attempted to conduct a traffic stop, the subject fled in his vehicle. This subject proceeded to batter police officers with his vehicle while fleeing. The subject bailed out of his vehicle, leaving behind 3.5 pounds of marijuana. This subject was subsequently apprehended near Miami International Airport, presumably attempting to leave the state.
Detective Zuniga has displayed great initiative by effecting 18 arrests during a 30 day period. His productivity is consistently above that of his peers. Being a Detective of tenure, he reports duly motivated and prepared and possesses the desire, job knowledge and experience to make a positive difference.
Detective Abraham Zuniga was chosen as Officer of the Month for Ju;y 2012 and will be honored at the Greater North Miami Chamber of Commerce luncheon, held monthly at the Miami Shores Country Club on Wednesday, August 22, 2012 at 12:00 Noon.