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Former Trumann detective sentenced to probation and fined

Former Trumann Police Detective Erik Willbanks (FILE: 2012) Former Trumann Police Detective Erik Willbanks (FILE: 2012)
Former Trumann Police Chief Tony Rusher (FILE: 2011) Former Trumann Police Chief Tony Rusher (FILE: 2011)

HARRISBURG, AR (KAIT/AP) – A former Trumann police detective was sentenced and fined after he pleaded guilty to a drug charge.

Erik Willbanks pleaded guilty to one count of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud in a Poinsett County courtroom Monday. A second similar charge was dismissed as part of the plea.

Willbanks was given a 60-month sentence and fined $1,000 and has to pay court costs.

Willbanks was arrested in 2013 as part of a drug investigation concerning former Trumann Police Chief Tony Rusher.

In Nov. 2013, Rusher pleaded guilty to a count of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and was given a 60-month suspended sentence.

Rusher resigned in Feb. 2012 and Willbanks was fired the following month after an investigation into the theft of prescription drugs from the police department evidence room.

Copyright 2014 KAIT. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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