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New York City officers surrendered Friday to face charges in a police corruption case following an investigation that stemmed from a low-profile wiretap of one officer suspected of having ties to a drug dealer and ballooned into a lengthy probe, union officials and people familiar with the case said.

Sixteen officers and five others will be arraigned in Bronx state Supreme Court. Hundreds of police officers swarmed the court Friday ahead of the hearing to show support for the officers.

Some of the charges allege the officers abused their authority by helping family and friends avoid paying traffic tickets, two people familiar with the case said Thursday. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the allegations hadn’t been made public.

Thirteen police officers, two sergeants and one lieutenant are facing charges, and some are officials within the department’s largest and most powerful union, the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association.

Source: Colleen Long and Tom Hays for the Associated Press.

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