Frenel Cenat

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Service Record

Miami Florida Police Department

Rank Officer
Dates of Service Hired September 2008.[1]
Salary $98,627 (2022)[2]
Last Known Status Active

Incident Reports

2023 Extortion

Frenel Cenat booking photo
Frenel Cenat

Cenat conducted traffic stops on people who he knew had been involved in drug deals. Cenat would steal their drugs or money. The stops were conducted while Cenat was in uniform and driving a police vehicle.[1]

An informant reported Cenat's activity to the FBI.[1]

In October 2023, Cenat was recorded admitting to stealing $50,000 during a stop.[1]

On November 3, 2023, Cenat stopped a man who the informant said had been involved in a drug transaction involving $52,000 and 3 kilograms of cocaine. Cenat told the man that he would take him to jail unless he surrendered the cash. The man, who was an undercover agent, gave Cenat the cash.[1]

On November 16, 2023, Cenat stopped a man who the informant said had been involved in a drug transaction involving $80,000 and 7 kilograms of cocaine. Cenat told the man that he could either "go home tonight or spend 30 years in... federal prison". The man, who was an undercover agent, gave Cenat the cash and drugs.[1][3]

Response Timeline

On November 16, 2023, when Cenat met with the informant to split the money and drugs, he was arrested by the FBI. Cenat was charged with Hobbs Act extortion and attempted extortion under color of official right, theft of government funds, and attempted possession with intent to distribute cocaine.[3][1]

On February 23, 2024, Cenat was fired.[4]

On March 27, 2024, Cenat pleaded guilty to extortion and attempting to possess cocaine with intent to distribute. The extortion offense carries up to 20 years and the cocaine charge up to 10 years.[5]

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