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"I think I speak for every law enforcement officer in the country," says Sheriff Arnold. "When it comes to dirty cops, I have no damn use for him."
The Sheriff is talking about Luis Reynaldo Parra-Flores, who was arrested by DEA officers last week. According to the U.S. Attorney's office, a courier flew into Nashville International with 7 kilograms of cocaine in his luggage. Parra-Flores was arrested when he allegedly tried to take possession of the drugs.
"We as a department have a black eye and a busted jaw right now," says Sheriff Arnold. "Mr. Floures definitely ruined any respect the community had in him."
Federal agents say Parra-Flores was carrying a firearm and his department issued badge. It's a badge Sheriff Arnold destroyed.
"I didn't want his badge to ever be worn by anybody to say that they're protecting the public again," says Sheriff Arnold. "So, I just wanted it destroyed."
A patrol officer since 2008, Parra-Flores had undergone an extensive background check. In 2011, he received an award when he fired shots to stop a burglary suspect who rammed another officer's patrol car. Now he's off the job, accused of working against the law he swore to uphold.
"One, I ask the community not to judge us or law enforcement as a whole based off of this one person's actions," says Sheriff Arnold. "This is a disgrace for our department, but we'll get through this."
If convicted, Parra-Flores faces 10 years to life in prison and a $10 million fine.
Tuesday, March 19 2013, 10:47 PM CDT
Tishomingo County voters OK beer, alcohol sales
May 22, 2013 23:38 GMT
IUKA, Miss. (AP) -- Tishomingo County is the latest Mississippi jurisdiction to legalize alcohol sales.
Voters approved the sale of liquor, wine and beer Tuesday, reports the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal (http://bit.ly/13JCcix).
It wasn't clear referendums would pass until affidavit ballots were counted Wednesday.
With more than half Tishomingo County's voters casting ballots, legalizing alcohol passed by 42 votes, while legalizing beer and light wine passed by 73. The county borders Alabama and Tennessee.
Lawmakers legalized liquor at a proposed resort at the county's Bay Springs Lake in 2010, but it wasn't built.
Greene County voters legalized beer sales last year, while Corinth, New Albany and Senatobia have legalized alcohol sales under a 2012 law that allows cities to hold votes.
Mississippi has 13 remaining counties that allow no beer or alcohol sales.
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