Crime & Justice

LA County deputy charged with running drug-trafficking ring

File: Los Angeles County Sheriff's cars in a Compton parking lot on March 3, 2009.
File: Los Angeles County Sheriff's cars in a Compton parking lot on March 3, 2009.
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A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy has been charged with running a drug-trafficking ring.

Federal prosecutors say FBI agent arrested Deputy Kevin Collins on Tuesday in a sting operation. They say Collins thought he was arriving to provide security for a drug deal when he was taken into custody in Pasadena.

Prosecutors say the 50-year-old Collins is charged with twice accepting payments to oversee the delivery of narcotics and other contraband.

The charging documents allege that Collins bragged to undercover agents about his ability to make drug deals go smoothly and make problems go away.

Two other men were arrested with him: 51-year-old David Easter and 34-year-old Grant Valencia.

None of the men have entered pleas, and it wasn't immediately clear whether they had hired attorneys who could comment.