|Merlin Alston, an NYPD officer facing narcotics conspiracy charges, was a Bronx drug dealer's right hand man for four years, prosecutors said.|
Alston, 34, protected and drove the coke kingpin as he delivered product. He also tipped several dealers off to cops' investigations. Alston is currently suspended from the department.
|Alston's bail was revoked after the murder of a key witness against him. Robert Bishun, 36, was abducted from his auto body shop and found strangled in the back of his BMW, a zip tie wrapped around his neck. Details of the grisly murder were outlined by federal prosecutors who described it as a contract killing. Bishun was slated to testify against Alston because the crooked cop and the dealer twice picked up cocaine from a hidden compartment in a car at his auto body shop.|
Another cooperating witness had his house shot up in a drive-by.