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Another prosecutor has gone down this week, and unlike Georgia Assistant DA Bob Cullifer, who appears to be merely a stoner despite being charged as a drug trafficker, West Texas prosecutor Rick Roach appears to be into something much heavier. Roach was arrested by FBI agents January 11 at the Gray County Courthouse as he prepared to prosecute cases and charged with possession of more than one ounce of cocaine and methamphetamine, as well as possession with intent to distribute, and possession of a handgun by a "drug addict," which is a felony under Texas law. Whether Roach's case qualifies as "corruption" vs. mere "hypocrisy" -- enforcing drug laws against others while violating them oneself -- he faces up to 50 years if convicted of all charges. Roach pleaded not guilty to the charges Tuesday, the Associated Press reported, and has agreed to enter an inpatient drug rehabilitation program.

The two-term Republican prosecutor served as district attorney for the West Texas counties of Gray, Roberts, Hemphill, Lipscomb, and Wheeler. He has been jailed since his arrest.

In an update from the bizarre case of the Detroit cop who was on trial for stealing drugs and giving them to drug users so he could show them using drugs on his anti-drug web site, we can now report that Ciere Campbell has been found guilty of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, aiding and abetting the delivery of controlled substances, and possession of a stolen firearm. He faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine.

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Editorial: Unfortunate Bedfellows | Following Oklahoma's Lead, States Target Cold Remedies in Fight Against Methamphetamine | Mexican Stand-Off: Government Sends in Tanks, Soldiers in Effort to Retake Prisons from Narcos | Blogging: A Stunning Admission by Baltimore Police Officials, and More | This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories | Newsbrief: German Supreme Court Rejects "Zero Tolerance" Drugged Driving Law in Cannabis Case | Newsbrief: Mass Arrests of Drug Users in Iran | Newsbrief: Marijuana Bills Filed -- Medical Marijuana in New Jersey, Decriminalization in New Hampshire | Newsbrief: Resistance to Methadone Clinics Rears Head in Virginia, Washington State | Newsbrief: King County Bar Association (Seattle) Calls for Legal, Regulated Drug Markets | Newsbrief: Texas Bill Would Ban Drug Offenders from Entering Certain San Antonio Neighborhoods | Newsbrief: Last Week's Supreme Court Ruling Pays Off for New York Woman | Newsbrief: Martha Stewart, Prisoner Advocate | Newsbrief: MPP Assists Poor Montana Medical Marijuana Patients | Newsbrief: Maine Activist Providing Medical Marijuana Indicted for Trafficking and Cultivation | This Week in History | The Reformer's Calendar

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