Pubdate: Sat, 18 Nov 2000
Source: Sun Herald (MS)
Copyright: 2000 The Sun Herald


JACKSON - A sixth Jackson police officer has been freed on bond after 
a federal court appearance in the capital city's corruption 
investigation. Ronald Youngblood, 35, is accused of accepting $300 to 
provide an escort in a marked patrol car for what was described to 
him as cocaine.

Youngblood waived a preliminary hearing Thursday. A federal grand 
jury will hear the case in about two weeks.

Youngblood, Sgt. Fred Gaddis and Patrolman Tim Henderson are charged 
with attempting to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 
cocaine. If convicted of those charges, they face not less than 10 
years and up to life in prison.

The FBI has said an informant who cooperated with investigators 
contacted the officers, arranged for protection for what was 
described as a drug shipment and later paid them. Prosecutors have 
refused to identify the informant.

U.S. Magistrate Judge James Sumner released Youngblood on a $10,000 
unsecured bond. The five other officers who have been charged were 
required to post bond.

Patrolman Nate Thomas, Detective Joe Wade and Detective Stanley 
Butler are charged with extorting or attempting to extort money. If 
convicted, they could each face up to 20 years in prison.
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