Ga. Officers Accused of Protecting Drug Deals

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ATLANTA (AP) - Federal authorities say they've arrested 10 current and former metro Atlanta law enforcement officers accused of accepting thousands of dollars to provide protection during drug deals in an undercover federal operation.

U.S. Attorney Sally Yates said Tuesday the undercover operation stemmed from a federal investigation of an Atlanta-area street gang in August 2011. Federal agents learned from someone associated with the gang that police officers were protecting the gang's drug deals.

Federal agents put out the word that gang members were seeking police protection for upcoming deals. Yates says the officers charged participated in undercover drug sales involving agents or cooperators who exchanged cash for sham cocaine.

Those arrested include seven metro Atlanta police officers, two former DeKalb County jail officers and a contract officer with Federal Protective Services.

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