Newsbrief: This Week's Corrupt Cops Story 6/4/04

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And the beat goes on. This week's corrupt cops hail from Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, and got themselves in trouble by peddling pain pills. According to the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Jefferson Parish sheriff's deputies Richard Wong, 48, and Floyd Carver, 49, were fired on May 28 after being arrested on charges of selling hydrocodone, the generic version of the popular pain reliever Vicodin. The pair were also charged with malfeasance in office, and Wong was hit with an additional 18 counts of payroll fraud.

Altogether, Wong faces 25 counts of hydrocodone sales, two counts of conspiracy to possess drugs, two counts of conspiracy to distribute drugs, and two counts of malfeasance in office, as well as the payroll fraud counts. Carver was booked on three counts of hydrocodone sales, one count of possession, two possession conspiracy counts, and two sales conspiracy counts, as well as one count of malfeasance in office.

Carver was a 12-year veteran of the sheriff's office, while Wong had put in four years. Wong has been released on a $305,000 bond, while at last report Carver was still sitting in the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center in Gretna trying to come up with $40,000 to cover his bond.

The sheriff's department has released no other details on the case.

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