Deputy sheriff pleads not guilty to drug charges


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A Wilcox County deputy sheriff has pleaded not guilty to charges linked with a drug trafficking sting.

U.S. District Attorney's officials said Tuesday that 45-year-old Greg Barge of Camden, is accused of transporting packages of what he thought was cocaine from Montgomery to Camden.

Authorities say Barge was paid $800 on April 10 and $1,200 on May 7 to deliver the purported drugs in his sheriff's department vehicle, while wearing his uniform and carrying his police-issued gun.

Officials say Barge was arrested June 26 and has been in U.S. Marshals Custody since then.

Barge is charged with drug possession with intent to distribute and carrying a firearm during a drug trafficking crime.

Barge's court-appointed attorney declined to comment on his client's behalf Tuesday evening.

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