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Three Metro Atlanta police officers plead guilty to drug payoffs

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Three former police officers are among six people who pleaded guilty in federal court to accepting thousands of dollars in bribes. In exchange for the cash, they provided protection during staged drug deals that were part of a federal undercover operation.

"The audacity of police officers protecting drug deals is shocking," said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates. "For these police officers, protecting and serving our citizens was little more than a slogan, and their brazen actions are unacceptable. Brave and honest law enforcement officers go to work every day to keep us safe, expecting their colleagues to serve the community unselfishly. Instead, these officers put greed before all else."

Former Stone Mountain police officer Denoris Carter and former DeKalb County officers Dennis Duren and Dorian Williams all pleaded guilty to the charges. All three were fired after their arrests in February 2013.

The three were among 10 law enforcement officers indicted following an ATF investigation of an Atlanta gang in 2011. ATF agents learned the officers were protecting the gang's criminal activities, which included drug trafficking.

They are expected to be sentenced this summer.

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