Former Atlanta cop sentenced in drug dealer protection case

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A former Atlanta cop was sentenced on Thursday to 12 years in prison on drug and corruption charges.

Lucius T. Solomon III pleaded guilty to charges that he took $2,000 in protection monies three separate times in 2009 and 2010 from drug dealers. Solomon, 32, was on the Atlanta force for nine years.

Solomon was originally charged with attempting to sell 5 kilograms of cocaine and possessing a firearm while involved in the sale of illegal drugs. When arrested, he was under video surveillance.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said that Solomon was attempting to sell the cocaine to an undercover FBI agent when he was caught. Prosecutors claim that Solomon worked the deals when in street clothes, and out of his police cruiser when he was in uniform.

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