New York Times, United States
PATERSON, N.J., July 11 — They started out as friends, some as far back as childhood. They shared an interest in bodybuilding and hung out at the same gym.
But according to the authorities, two of the friends were drug dealers who fancied fast cars, boats and women. Six others were police officers in Passaic County. Prosecutors now say the officers conspired to protect their friends, and to cover up their own efforts to shield them in order to continue living in the fast lane.