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Bond motion by Ark. officer charged in case denied

A federal judge has denied a motion to allow a Helena-West Helena police officer to post bond while he awaits trial for his alleged role in a drug-trafficking and corruption scheme in eastern Arkansas.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A federal judge has denied a motion to allow a Helena-West Helena police officer to post bond while he awaits trial for his alleged role in a drug-trafficking and corruption scheme in eastern Arkansas.

U.S. District Judge James Moody wrote in an order issued Monday that there is evidence that Robert Rogers is a danger to the community, and that "no condition or combination of conditions will reasonably assure the appearance of (the defendant) as required and the safety of any other person and the community."

Roberts and four other officers are accused of taking bribes to protect drug shipments and overlook offenses in a four-year investigation dubbed "Operation Delta Blues." Seventy people have been indicted.

Assistant Federal Public Defender Justin Eisele didn't immediately return a call seeking comment.

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