Two top officers from the Bethel police department were back in federal court Tuesday. Chief Reginald Roberts and Lieutenant Jerome Cox are charged with drug trafficking. Roberts is also facing a firearms charge. The two were arrested last week following an undercover operation. They have been suspended without pay. Chief Roberts was denied bond and Lieutenant Cox will be released on a $100,000 bond and under 24 hour home incarceration. The judge laid down conditions for Cox's electronic monitoring. He will not be allowed to leave his home except for a court appearance, medical reasons or religious service. At Tuesday's probable cause hearing, F.B.I. agent Donald Cowart testified that on at least 21 occasions he taped interactions with Chief Roberts and an informant. Agent Cowart also testified that Lieutenant Cox was present and aware of what was going on during several of those interactions. Authorities also say Cowart's testimony revealed that a search of the Bethel police department showed drug envelopes that should have been sealed were open and rocks of cocaine were found in Roberts and Cox's office area. Officials also say a search of Roberts’ home and his vehicles netted guns and money the F.B.I. had planted on an earlier sting.
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