Ex-officer guilty in drug-escort case

Kalb is fifth lawman convicted in Delta Blues anti-drug operation

Posted: December 15, 2012 at 3:08 a.m.

Chris Thyer (left), U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, Assistant U.S. Attorney Julie Peters and FBI Special Agent in Charge Randy Coleman discuss former Helena-West Helena police Lt. Marlene Kalb’s conviction on extortion and attempted-drug-trafficking charges Friday in federal court in Little Rock. The case “sends a strong message that someone who would sell their badge” won’t be tolerated, Thyer said outside the courthouse.

A federal jury convicted former Helena-West Helena police Lt. Marlene Kalb of extortion and attempted drug trafficking Friday but acquitted her of two counts of money laundering.

Kalb convicted on drug, extortion counts

The only police officer of five indicted last year in the Operation Delta Blues investigation into corruption and drug trafficking in eastern Arkansas was convicted Friday on drug and extortion charges. (By Gavin Lesnick)
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