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Ex-cop guilty of taking bribes to escort drug shipments

Gavel (FILE)
Posted at 4:31 PM, Sep 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-07 19:31:42-04

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former Montebello police officer has pleaded guilty to accepting at least $14,000 in bribes to escort illegal drug shipments and search a law enforcement database on behalf of a gang member.

Authorities say Rudolph Petersen entered the plea Tuesday to a federal bribery charge and could face up to 10 years in prison.

Prosecutors say Petersen solicited cash bribes from a gang member, including taking $10,000 to escort a truck that Petersen believed was hauling illegally grown marijuana.

Authorities say he also searched a law enforcement database for information on someone the gang member believed was a snitch.