Federal judge sentences 11 former cops

A federal judge in Atlanta spent much of Monday sentencing nearly a dozen former law enforcement officers to prison terms ranging from three to nine years for taking cash to provide security for drug traffickers—often while wearing their uniforms and driving patrol cars.

Former U.S. District Court Chief Julie Carnes, who was sworn in Thursday as the newest judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, began sentencing the defendants shortly after 10 a.m. Carnes is sitting by special designation on the Northern District of Georgia bench until mid-August.

The cases stem from an FBI corruption investigation that took shape after informants told federal agents that metro drug gangs and drug cartel members were recruiting local police to provide cover for the gangs’ illegal activities, both from rival gangs and from legitimate law enforcement.

The Daily Report.

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