Forest Park Police Sgt. claims deniability in corruption scandal | News
ATLANTA -- Two Forest Park Police Sergeants have appeared in federal court, charged conspiring to commit extortion and attempting to distribute cocaine.
Forty-four-year-old, Victor Middlebrook, waived his preliminary hearing, while 57-year-old Andrew Monroe's attorney tried to prove his client didn't know he was protecting drug dealers.
The court heard how Middlebrook recruited a buddy to help protect drug deals for cash and how many of the conversations, in the undercover operation, were recorded. However, Monroe's attorney, Howard Manchel, asserted that there was insufficient evidence to show Monroe knew he was protecting drug deals.
According to the criminal complaints, the word cocaine wasn't used. Instead, it was referred to as 'bricks.' FBI investigator James Hosty, was asked if bullion or jewelry was mentioned in recorded conversations to which he replied, 'No.'
Magistrate Judge Alan Baverman sent both cases forward to be heard by a grand jury for indictment. Both Monroe and Middlebrook were relieved from duty.
However, DeKalb County Police Officer Dennis Duren, who also appeared in court, is still being paid. Duren waived his preliminary hearing and has also been set over. 11Alive News caught up with him outside the court house for comment. He remained silent.
A total of 10 officers and 5 civilians are charged in the corruption case.