Former Carteret Co. Deputy Pleads Guilty In Federal Court

There's been another guilty plea in the case of former Carteret County deputies accused of skimming county drug money.

Former narcotics detective Mark Farlow pleaded guilty Tuesday in Greenville to count six of the indictment, misprison of a felony. That says Farlow knew about the embezzlement of the drug money but did nothing to stop it.

Farlow, along with former chief deputy Frank Galizia and Boyce Floyd, Jr. were all supposed to be arraigned in Federal Court today on their April indictment. Galizia and Floyd's appearance have been delayed until next month, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Farlow was a deputy sheriff from 2002 to 2007.

Last month, former Carteret County Sheriff Ralph Thomas and former deputy Chris Cozart pleaded guilty in federal court for their part of the scheme.

The feds say from 1997 to 2006, Thomas stole funds that were designated for covert drug investigations. They say after drug funds were cashed, the sheriff would take a portion of the funds, often as much as 50%, for his own use.

Sentencing for Farlow is set for September 7th. The maximum penalty he faces is up to three years imprisonment, followed by up to one year supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000.00.

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