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Jonesboro Cop Goes Bad

Patrolman Bobby Engle is being charged with "public servant bribery" for allegedly tipping off drug dealers with police information.

According to a police affidavit, Engle was caught on a surveillance camera in a local restaurant parking lot. He turned over $120 to police given to an informant shortly before a their meeting.

Engle was fired only minutes after appearing before a circuit judge on Friday.

He is set to go to trial on October 31st. Defense attorney, Dustin McDaniel says, "We plan to enter into court that day and enter a plea of not guilty."

Assistant police chief Rusty Grigsby says the department is in disbelief.

"Everyone here at the police station was in shock when we found out what happened."

Suspicion came after an informant told police Engle was taking pay-offs.

Surveillance cameras caught an exchange a transaction on tape in a local restaurant parking lot.

According to this affidavit Engle turned over $120 dollars police gave to an informant before the meeting.

Engle was fired only minutes after appearing before a circuit judge on Friday, well before his trial, McDaniel says he can submit an objection.

"Officer Engle has time to file an appeal with the city to discuss an appeal for his position and he still has time to do that."

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