SLO police officer pleads not guilty to extortion and bribery
April 18, 2013
A San Luis Obispo Police Department narcotics officer plead not guilty to bribery and extortion charges related to allegations he manipulated others to sell drugs for him on April 15 in federal district court in Los Angeles. [NewTimes]
Cory Pierce, 39, who is also accused of stealing drugs from the SLO County Sheriff Department’s evidence locker, remains on paid administrative leave.
A local probationer said Pierce manipulated him and his girlfriend into selling or trading drugs for Pierce which they did on about 80 occasions.
Pierce also told the probationer that he could work off a heroin charge if he cooperated, the federal attorney’s office in Los Angeles said in a press release. Pierce would provide the probationer and his girlfriend placebo pain pills to trade for real pain pills or drugs used for his heroin addiction.
Federal agents arrested Pierce on Feb. 5 after a two-week sting operation.
District Judge Margaret M. Morrow has scheduled Pierce’s trial date for May 10.