A former North Carolina police officer has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for taking bribes to transport and protect shipments for a drug-trafficking operation.
The sentence for Antonio Tillmon, 33, of Windsor, handed down in federal court included five years of supervised release, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday.
Tillmon, a former officer with the Windsor Police Department, was found guilty in May of drug, firearm and bribery charges after a week-long jury trial.
Tillmon took $6,500 from undercover FBI agents posing as drug traffickers in exchange for transporting 30 kilograms of heroin from North Carolina to Maryland three times from August 2014 to April 2015.
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He carried a gun and his Windsor Police Department badge with him each time and was prepared to use the badge to avoid law enforcement. He also was prepared to participate in a fourth drug run, carrying five guns including an assault rife, the day he was arrested, according to evidence presented at trial.
Tillmon was one of 15 defendants – including 12 police or correctional officers – to be charged out of the investigation. Others pleaded guilty to various charges in June.