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3 plead guilty in 'Operation Delta Blues' bust

Federal prosecutors say a former east Arkansas police officer indicted on drug-trafficking charges has pleaded guilty to an extortion charge.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a former east Arkansas police officer indicted on drug-trafficking charges has pleaded guilty to an extortion charge.

In exchange for a guilty plea, prosecutors agreed to drop multiple charges against former Helena-West Helena police officer Robert "Bam Bam" Rogers.

Rogers was one of five police officers arrested in a four-year investigation of corruption and drug trafficking in eastern Arkansas. Authorities called the investigation "Operation Delta Blues."

A sentencing date has not been scheduled, though prosecutors say they recommend a 16-month sentence.

Also pleading guilty this week were Neteisha Barefield, who admitted to a firearms charge and Dempsey Word, who pleaded guilty to a drug charge.

Seventy people were indicted as part of Operation Delta Blues.


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