HOUSTON — A former Harris County sheriff's deputy at the center of a drug corruption case is accused in new federal court filings of working with a team of accomplices to rip off drug traffickers.
A criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Houston offers the first detailed description of how investigators snared 43-year-old Richard Bryan Nutt Jr., the former sheriff's deputy accused in a cocaine conspiracy case. Along with Nutt, the undercover sting staged on Dec. 15 resulted in the arrests of John Edward Scott, 34; Danny Bell, 40; and Richard Jerome Banks, 38.
The four defendants initially were charged in state court. Nutt and the other defendants now are expected to face charges in federal court instead, according to a source familiar with the case who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak about it.
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