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A South Florida woman who asked police officers to help her hire a hit man to kill her husband and another man was arrested early Friday, authorities said. NBC 6's Claudia DoCampo spoke with Boynton Beach Spokeswoman Stephanie Slater about the investigation.
A South Florida woman who asked police officers to help her hire a hit man to kill her husband and another man was arrested early Friday, authorities said.
Annybelkis Terrero, 38, is charged with two counts of solicitation of murder and two counts of bribery, Boynton Beach Police said. She was being held without bond at the Palm Beach County Jail Friday, and it was unknown whether she has an attorney.
According to police, the incident began several weeks ago when police responded to Terrero's home after neighbors complained about drug activity and prostitution. Officers with the department's narcotics investigation unit met with Terrero, who agreed to become a confidential informant, police said.
On Wednesday, the officers returned to Terrero's home to have her sign official paperwork to become an informant. While there, Terrero agreed to show the officers where a drug dealer lives, police said.
As Terrero and the officers drove to the house, Terrero discussed how she hated her husband and wanted him dead, and told the officers, who she knew were cops and who were wearing police vests (pictured below), about a plan she had to kill him, police said.
"She wanted her husband dead and that she had come up with a plan to do it," Boynton Beach Police Spokeswoman Stephanie Slater said.
That's when the officers took on a different role.
"At that point the agents switched gears, assumed the roles of undercover officers and implied that they could help her with her wish to have her husband killed," Slater said. "At that point she produced 2 stolen credit cards as a down payment and gave it to the officers.
The officers implied that they knew someone who could kill Terrero's husband, police said. Terrero gave them stolen credit cards as down payment and told them to use them quickly because they were "hot," police said.
On Thursday night, Terrero met with the two officers and an undercover Boynton Beach officer who was posing as a hit man at a shopping center parking lot. Terrero brought a fully-loaded shotgun and ammunition to the meeting and offered it to the hit man as a down payment and sign of good faith, police said.
She also agreed to pay $30,000, and said the money would come from her husband's life insurance policy, police said.
Police said the other man Terrero wanted killed is an acquaintance. The incident is still being investigated.