A month after now-former Harris County Sheriff's deputy Richard Nutt was arrested for allegedly running a cocaine business, he's been indicted by the feds on those charges.
The U.S. Attorney's office announced today that Nutt and four others had been indicted on charges of distributing cocaine, which came after a sting operation by HPD after police got "information that members of law enforcement were suspected of detaining traffickers, seizing the contraband, releasing the trafficker, then providing the narcotics to local dealers to distribute in the Houston area. "
HPD set up a bait car loaded with drugs and let Nutt know about it.
Cops watched as three different vehicles kept tabs on the bait vehicle, which eventually parked on a lot by I-10 and Federal Road.
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The suspects took drugs from the car, not knowing that the contraband contained tracking devices. Eventually all four were swept up.
They face charges of conspiring to distribute more than 500 grams of coke, which carries a penalty of a minimum of five years in prison.
Nutt, a 12-year veteran of the HCSO, is out on bond awaiting trial.