ATF Agent Pleads Not Guilty

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Updated: 4/09/2010 9:41 pm Published: 4/09/2010 6:33 pm

An officer of the law accused of breaking it pleads not guilty.

Former ATF Agent Brandon McFadden was arrested Thursday night for his alleged involvement in a drug and money-laundering operation.  Friday, new court documents were unsealed that reveal more details about the investigation.

Federal officials say, between January 2007 and October 2008, McFadden conspired with others to distribute drugs, plant evidence on suspects, steal drugs and money from suspects, and give false testimony in court.

Court documents show McFadden used his position as a special agent “to further his drug trafficking activity by converting seized drugs and money for his own personal profit and benefit.”

Documents also say McFadden “coached…an informant as to how to testify and what to say” during a trial about an alleged drug buy.  But prosecutors say “there never was a ‘controlled buy’ at all.”

“I don’t think much of the allegations as this point in time.  I think, from what I can tell from the indictment, it seems kind of vague.  But it’s something I’m going to have to discuss with my client and do quite a bit of research on,” says defense attorney Neal Kirkpatrick.

McFadden faces multiple charges, including conspiracy to distribute meth, cocaine, and marijuana, as well as money laundering.

If convicted, McFadden could face up to life in prison.

A TPD officer is on paid leave as part of this investigation.  Officials say more charges and defendants are possible.

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