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Wilcox Co. Sheriff's Deputy arraigned in fake cocaine transportation case

Wilcox County Deputy Greg Barge Wilcox County Deputy Greg Barge
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

A Wilcox County Sheriff's Deputy was arraigned and pleaded not guilty Tuesday after being indicted for attempting to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine powder, and using a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

The announcement of Greg Barge's arraignment came from the office of United States Attorney George L. Beck, Jr.  Barge, 45, is a resident of Camden, Alabama. It was not immediately known what employment, if any, Barge retains through the County.

According to court records, on April 10, 2013, May 7, 2013 and June 26, 2013, Barge transported packages that contained what he believed to be multi-kilograms of cocaine powder from Montgomery, Alabama to Camden, Alabama. 

The package actually contained a substance that appeared to be cocaine, but was not cocaine.  On each of those dates, Barge obtained the supposed kilograms of cocaine in Montgomery and transported them to Camden using his law enforcement vehicle, dressed in his sheriff's deputy uniform and carrying his police issued firearm. 

Barge was paid $800 on April 10, 2013, and $1200 on May 7, 2013.  On June 26, 2013, Barge was arrested in Camden after transporting the kilograms of fake cocaine from Montgomery to Camden.

After Barge's arrest, the court held a hearing to determine if Barge should be allowed a bond or should be detained pending his trial.  After the detention hearing, the court found that Barge was a flight risk and a danger to the community, and remanded him to the custody of the United States Marshal's Service pending his trial.   

An indictment merely alleges that crimes have been committed, and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.  If convicted, Barge faces a sentence of 10 years in prison. He is also subject to fines and a period of supervised release if convicted.    

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with assistance from the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board and the Alabama Department of Public Safety. Assistant United States Attorney Clark Morris is prosecuting the case.

INFORMATION SOURCE: U.S. Attorney George Beck, Jr.'s office

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