Jeremy Drewery(Photo: file)
Former Shelby County Sheriff’s deputy Jeremy Drewery was convicted Thursday of illegally taking money from a drug dealer and trying to have a witness killed.
The jury found Drewery not guilty of taking money from a second drug dealer.
Drewery, a professional poker player from Arlington, was convicted of taking cash from Errick Bearden, who testified he was a longtime drug dealer selling marijuana, Xanax and promethazine syrup when he was arrested by Drewery in August 2016.
According to Bearden, who testified in federal court in Memphis, the deputy asked him if he wanted to work as an informant by setting people up and turning them in. Bearden said no, and Drewery became angry and asked him how much it was worth to him, according to Bearden’s testimony. The two men negotiated a price and came to an agreement of a cash bribe to allow Bearden to go free, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Erskine.
After informing the FBI, Bearden’s interactions with Drewery were recorded over three weeks, including a text