04/05/07 — Officer arrested on drug charges

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Officer arrested on drug charges

By Matthew Whittle
Published in News on April 5, 2007 1:46 PM

A Wallace police officer was arrested at the Wallace Police Department by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations Tuesday on six drug and robbery charges.

David Brown Jr. was taken into custody at about 11 p.m., according to a press release from the State Bureau of Investigations. He was taken to the Duplin County Jail and placed under a $200,000 secured bond.

Brown, 31, was charged with conspiring to sell cocaine, conspiring to deliver cocaine, conspiring to sell marijuana, conspiring to deliver marijuana, robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiring to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon.

On Wednesday, he also was charged with receiving a bribe and was placed under an additional $150,000 secured bond.

If ultimately convicted of all charges, Brown could receive a maximum sentence of 505 months in prison.

His next court date is April 13. Duplin County District Attorney Dewey Hudson said in a seperate press release that if Brown cannot post bail, he will be moved outside of Duplin County for his own safety.

The SBI's investigation began at the request of the district attorney's office. The Wallace Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation assisted in the investigation, which is ongoing, said Noelle Talley, public information officer for the N.C. Department of Justice.

In the written statement, however, Dewey emphasized that there were no other law enforcement officers implicated or suspected in connection with Brown's arrest.