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Feds: Mississippi sheriff accepted bribes to protect drug dealer

August 15, 2018  |  Posted by: Michael Falzarano
Feds: Mississippi sheriff accepted bribes to protect drug dealer

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Federal authorities have accused former Mississippi Delta sheriff William Brewer of accepting bribes to protect a drug dealer over a 15-year period.

Feds unsealed the charges Monday, the same day the Tallahatchie County Sheriff resigned before an appearance in federal court in Oxford.

FBI agents arrested William Brewer on Friday on conspiracy and extortion charges, 11Alive reported.

According to a sworn statement, the arrest of Brewer occurred after the drug dealer agreed to become an FBI informant in June.

The informant recorded conversations, in which he told Brewer of a phony plot to rob a methamphetamine dealer.

The FBI says Brewer was paid $10,000 in FBI-tracked bribes.

Brewer’s attorney declined to comment on the charges.

The lawyer says his client decided to resign from his position because remaining sheriff would have been “messy.”

A judge is releasing Brewer to home detention on $25,000 bail.

Brewer faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted.

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