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Florida sheriff’s deputy assisted head of drug trafficking organization: DEA

December 26, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Florida sheriff’s deputy assisted head of drug trafficking organization: DEA

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida— A sheriff’s deputy in Broward County, Florida is accused of helping the leader of a drug trafficking organization by providing intelligence on police operations and advising him on tactics to evade authorities.

According to a 113-page arrest affidavit, 47-year-old Albury Augustus Burrows was arrested last week while he was on-duty with the Broward Sheriff’s Office.

The Sun-Sentinel reported that federal prosecutors indicted Burrows, on 10 counts including racketeering, owning or renting a place for trafficking of drugs, tampering with or fabricating evidence, tampering in a first-degree felony proceeding, and using a two-way device to facilitate a felony.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and Broward County Sheriff’s office began investigating the drug trafficking organization based in Palm Beach in January.

Albury Augustus Burrows (Broward County Sheriff)

DEA officials say the group is responsible for importing and distributing large amounts of cocaine and heroin throughout northwest and southwest Fort Lauderdale.

The group utilized various stash locations throughout the area to facilitate drug transactions.

“Everyone who wears our uniform swore to serve and protect the residents of Broward County, not abuse their power for a self-serving purpose,” Sheriff Scott Israel said in an email. “Although disappointing, this arrest is yet another example of how the professionals in our agency will follow leads wherever they take them, even if that means arresting a fellow deputy who has done wrong.”

Israel added the officer’s allegations has prompted an investigation by Internal Affairs.

Although bond for Burrows, an 18-year veteran of the department was set at $261,000, he is required to provide proof the funds derive from legal sources before he could be released from custody.

Officials refused to release further details of the investigation.

The officer has been suspended without pay.

Michael Finesilver, the attorney representing Burrows also declined to comment.

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