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    Robert "Bam Bam" Rogers, Neteisha Barefield, Dempsey Word plead guilty in 'Operation Delta Blues' bust

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a former east Arkansas police officer indicted on drug-trafficking charges has pleaded guilty to an extortion charge.

    In exchange for a guilty plea, prosecutors agreed to drop multiple charges against former Helena-West Helena police officer Robert "Bam Bam" Rogers.

    Rogers was one of five law enforcement officers arrested in a corruption and drug trafficking investigation in eastern Arkansas. Seventy people were indicted as part of the probe, which authorities called "Operation Delta Blues."

    A sentencing date has not yet been scheduled, though prosecutors say Thursday they're recommended a 16-month sentence.

    Also pleading guilty this week were Neteisha Barefield, who admitted to a firearms charge, and Dempsey Word, who pleaded guilty to a drug charge.

    Attorneys for Rogers and Barefield didn't return messages. Word's lawyer declined to comment.

    (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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