Ex-Jackson cop pleads guilty to theft from drug suspects

Bryan Jones

 

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – A former Jackson police officer has pleaded guilty to stealing money from suspected drug dealers.

Bryan Jones pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to one count of interfering with commerce by threats or violence.

He was indicted on five counts in October after he was arrested and fired by the Jackson Police Department.

Jones faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. U.S. District Judge Daniel Jordan scheduled Jones’ sentencing for Sept. 23. He remains free on $10,000 bail.

The FBI accused Jones of informing drug dealers of police activity and raiding their rivals. Investigators set up stings in 2014 and 2015, telling Jones someone was coming to buy drugs. The FBI said Jones seized $5,000 from an FBI employee on the charge he pleaded guilty to.

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