Wilson County Deputy Sheriff Faces Federal Charges - WSMV News 4

Wilson County Deputy Sheriff Faces Federal Charges

Updated: April 19, 2011

Officials said Wilson County Deputy Sheriff John Patrick Edwards, 38, tried to sell information about a drug-trafficking investigation for $100,000 in April.

Jerry E. Martin, United States attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee, said Edwards was arrested Monday night and charged with attempting to obstruct a federal criminal investigation.

Edwards created a plan to sell information relating to a federal drug-trafficking investigation, according to authorities.

"The United States Attorney's Office and our law enforcement partners will always take aggressive action to uncover wrongdoing by the very people entrusted with protecting our communities," said U. S. Attorney Jerry Martin in a news release Tuesday. "We will continue to vigorously pursue those whose malicious actions tarnish the professional reputation and efforts of hardworking and honorable police officers."

According to the affidavit submitted to support the arrest warrant of Edwards and others, Edwards contacted a person he knew that was in contact with a target of the drug investigation and offered to sell information about the investigation, for $100,000.

Later, Edwards accepted $15,000 cash earlier this month as a partial payment for giving that person information about the investigation, officials said.

Edwards was in a federal court Friday. An FBI agent testified on the stand about the conversation between Edwards and an informant, during which Edwards asked for $100,000 and a late-model Range Rover in exchange for the name of an FBI informant in relation to a drug investigation.

There was also testimony about Edwards allegedly trying to kill his wife, including a 911 call, when she said she believed he slipped some white powder into her drink.

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