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Tallahatchie County sheriff arrested on drug, extortion and bribery charges

OXFORD (AP) — Federal officials say they have arrested a Mississippi Delta sheriff and charged him with drug trafficking, extortion and bribery.

U.S. Attorney Chad Lamar said Tallahatchie County Sheriff William Brewer is charged in a criminal complaint with conspiracy to distribute illegal drugs, as well as extortion and bribery.

It’s unclear if Brewer has a lawyer to speak on his behalf. The court documents charging him were not immediately available Friday.

Lamar says Brewer remains jailed after a Friday court appearance. He’s scheduled for further court hearings on Monday.

If convicted, Brewer faces up to 20 years in prison on each count, along with fines ranging from $250,000 to $1 million per count.