Pubdate: Wed, 02 Nov 2005
Source: Newsday (NY)
Copyright: 2005 Newsday Inc.
Author: Sean Gardiner, Staff Writer
Note: This story was supplemented by an Associated Press report.
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Son Of Former Star In NYPD Charged With Trying To Purchase 400 Pounds Of 
Pot In Westchester

The son of former top NYPD official John Timoney has been charged with 
trying to buy 400 pounds of marijuana with $450,000 in cash during a 
Westchester sting operation, officials said.

Sean Timoney, 25, of Philadelphia, was arrested Tuesday night inside the 
Fairfield Inn in Spring Valley, according to Drug Enforcement 
Administration officials. Officials said that Timoney and Jae Seu, 23, of 
Glenside, Pa., attempted to use a duffle bag full of cash to buy the drug 
from an undercover agent.

They were charged with conspiracy to possess and distribute a controlled 
substance. The two defendants were taken to Albany for arraignment and were 
ordered held there pending a bail hearing tomorrow.

Sean Timoney is the son of current Miami Police Chief John Timoney, who had 
a 25-year career with the NYPD, ultimately becoming chief of department 
under former Police Commissioner William Bratton. He served as 
Philadelphia's police chief before taking the Miami job.

Miami police said Chief Timoney was "aware of the arrest." "He does not 
have all the details and he's not going to comment on it publicly because 
it's a private family matter," Miami police spokesman Delrish Moss said.

According to a complaint filed in federal court, the defendants met in a 
Spring Valley hotel room with DEA agent Leonard Uller at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. 
After handing over the cash as a "partial payment," they left the hotel 
room to inspect the purchased marijuana and were arrested, it said.

The meeting had been arranged by Seu and Uller, according to the complaint.

John Timoney is well-known in law enforcement circles and is often sought 
out by television networks to comment on police affairs.

In an article that ran in Esquire magazine in 2000, Timoney detailed his 
now-26- year-old daughter's long struggle with heroin addiction.
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