- Associated Press - Monday, December 22, 2014

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a former sheriff’s deputy has pleaded guilty to pressuring a woman to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine.

Authorities said in a statement Monday that 42-year-old Grady Keith Concord of Lynn pleaded guilty to extortion under color of official right, manufacturing methamphetamine and manufacturing and distributing methamphetamine on premises where children are present.

Prosecutors say Concord was working for the Winston County sheriff’s office in July 2013 when he approached a woman and asked her to start making the drug for him. Prosecutors say Concord supplied the woman with pseudoephedrine, which is one of the drug’s ingredients.

Concord denied the woman’s claim that he threatened her with arrest if she didn’t make the drug, but acknowledged that his position as a sheriff’s deputy may have influenced the woman.

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