News from The Associated Press "...The arrests stem from an FBI-NYPD internal affairs investigation that began in 2009 when a paid FBI informant tipped off authorities that an 18-year NYPD veteran, William Masso, was interested in making money by transporting stolen goods. In the months that followed, the informant and an undercover investigator posing as the ringleader began supplying the defendants and others cigarettes - purportedly stolen out of state - for resale in New York, the criminal complaint says. Court papers described the informant as a non-U.S. citizen who "has been assisting the FBI in exchange for payment and aid in remaining in the United States." Masso, 47, recruited younger officers from his Brooklyn precinct to join the smuggling ring, authorities said. He instructed the men to carry their badges while transporting the stolen goods and, if they were stopped by police, to say they were doing legitimate off-duty work, they added. According to the complaint, Masso complained in a taped conversation that the officers weren't getting paid enough. "They're risking a lot for a little. ... They know what's going and how much trouble they could get in," he said, according to the complaint. ..." Disgusting.