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Former NYPD Cop Admits To Violent Life Of Crime Before Wearing The Badge

Via NYPost

A retired police commander kept a stunning secret for more than two decades: Before joining the NYPD, he peddled crack, tried to murder a fellow drug dealer and was close pals with a notorious cop killer.

Corey Pegues — who collects a $135,000 tax -free line-of-duty disability pension for a back injury — revealed his sordid past on the “Combat Jack’’ podcast Aug. 13, in a blatant attempt to hype his yet-to-be published book.

Pegues, 45, who retired in April 2013 after more than 20 years on the force, is untouchable because the statute of limitations has expired on his crimes, most of which he confessed to committing in his teens and 20s in Queens.

The former deputy inspector bragged that as a young gangbanger, he made enough money selling crack to buy 75 pairs of expensive sneakers as well as gold jewelry now worth some $30,000.

He chillingly admitted pulling the trigger twice on a rival drug dealer, saying the man would have been killed if the gun hadn’t misfired. “I was maybe like 17,’’ he told the interviewer. “I was like, ‘Yo, I’m going to murder him’ . . . It was all about street cred.’’

So how the hell did this guy become a cop? Welp…

Rumors about Pegues’ gangsta past had circulated for years, including how he once sported a tattoo — “Thug’s Life” — on his neck that he had removed.

Any of his past crimes would have disqualified him from joining the NYPD, had those vetting his application been aware of them. But Pegues was able to sign up without a hitch.

He rose steadily in the ranks and became a deputy inspector who commanded the 67th Precinct in East Flatbush.

He also served as an adjunct professor at Monroe College in The Bronx, teaching criminal justice for more than four years, according to his LinkedIn résumé.

Pegues aka “Life” tells his unbelievable story in full on The Combat Jack Show below. We highly suggest you take the time to listen, you’ve never heard anything like it before.

It sounds like Deputy Inspector Pegues has come a long way from “thug life” to serve not only the department, but the community as well.


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