Miami Beach commissioner helps cops bust suspected drug dealer

MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) - A suspected drug dealer was arrested after a city commissioner alerted police about the illegal transaction.

The 55-year-old suspect, Jacobo Chigin, faced a judge on Monday and was charged with possession of crack cocaine and resisting an officer.

Miami Beach Commissioner Michael Grieco said he flagged down police officers after seeing what looked like a drug deal near 14th Street and Collins Avenue, just before 9 a.m., Sunday.

When the law enforcers approached the subject, he took off on foot and led police on a chase through the streets of Miami Beach. An officer trailed the suspected drug dealer in a cruiser, while Grieco pursued him on foot.

Police eventually caught up to the subject.

Grieco told 7News he’s simply grateful to have been in the right place, at the right time. “Listen, if I hadn’t done what I did, there was a likelihood that this guy was going to be able to ditch the drugs, and that would’ve been one more drug dealer on the street,” he said. “I’m happy I did what I did.”

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