A former sheriff's deputy in Shelby County, Tennessee, has been indicted, accused of soliciting a person to murder a witness in a federal case.
Jeremy Drewery, 42, of Arlington, was indicted last September on suspicion of trying to extort thousands of dollars from an alleged drug dealer in August 2016.
Additional charges were added in March for the alleged extortion of another accused drug dealer in late 2013.
Drewery was assigned to the Narcotics Task Force, but was fired from the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.
Drewery is charged with two counts of Hobbs Act extortion, two counts of receiving a bribe by a government agent and one count of solicitation to commit a crime of violence.
If convicted, he faces 20 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
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