Justice Dept: Smalltown cop created his own drug task force to rip off drug dealers

ATLANTA, Georgia (WDEF) – A small town police officer in Georgia pleads guilty to federal extortion and drug trafficking conspiracy charges.

51 year old Charles F. Hubbard was an officer with the Auburn (GA) Police Department.

Prosecutors say he used his job and patrol car to intercept and steal drugs and money.

“Hubbard assisted drug traffickers for his own financial gain,” said U. S. Attorney John Horn. “He used his position as a police officer to perpetrate his scheme while betraying his community and the honest law enforcement officers who serve honorably every day.”

Investigators say he conspired with at least five other people in their drug scheme.

In one case, one of his conspirators ordered six kilograms of cocaine from him and he got it during a traffic stop on a drug suspect.

Wiretaps also recorded him agreeing to make a traffic stop on a suspected dealer for the sum of $5,000.

In another case, investigators found he seized cash from a confidential source and gave him a receipt from the “East Metro Drug Task Force.”

There is no such task force.

They also found other paperwork using the task force name.

Hubbard will be sentenced in November.

“It is deeply disappointing when an officer betrays his oath.” said Jack Killorin, Director of the Atlanta-Carolinas High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area. “What should be heartening to the community is that a task force of Federal, State and local police responded by upholding theirs.”

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