Editor's Note: This article has been modified.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Federal officials allege a former Mississippi Delta sheriff protected an illegal drug dealer for 15 years in exchange for bribes.
The accusations were unsealed Monday as Tallahatchie County Sheriff William Brewer resigned before an appearance in federal court in Oxford. He was arrested Friday on conspiracy and extortion charges.
A sworn statement says the FBI converted the drug dealer into an informant in June and recorded the informant telling Brewer of fake plans to rob a methamphetamine dealer. The FBI says the informant paid Brewer $10,000 in FBI-tracked bribes.
Brewer's lawyer declined to comment on the charges. The lawyer says Brewer resigned because remaining sheriff would have been "messy."
A judge is releasing Brewer to home detention on $25,000 bail.
If convicted, Brewer faces up to 40 years in prison.
- FBI: Sheriff was bribed to shelter drug dealer for 15 years
- Judge: Mississippi physician must forfeit $1.3M after bribes
- Columbus man accused of burglarizing auto dealers
- Sheriff: Traffic stop leads to drug arrest
- Pontotoc School Storm Shelter
- Sheriff: Duo arrested after drug bust, items meant for jail
- Sheriff: Water Valley man ships drugs from Seattle to Mississippi
- Sheriff: Prentiss County struggle results in drug arrest
- Sheriff: Prentiss County deputies find drugs, arrest passed-out driver
- Sheriff: Drugs found in pants of Iuka man