- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 10, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) - A corruption case against three former employees of an Arizona sheriff’s office accused of helping drug smugglers while they worked for the agency is in danger of being thrown out after a key document in the case has turned up missing.

The three former officers for Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s office are accused of helping a ring that moved heroin from Mexico into metro Phoenix and laundered its illegal proceeds.

One of the former officers has asked a judge to toss the case after prosecutors revealed that a document completed by investigators as a condition of getting court authorization for the electronic recordings is missing.

A prosecutor then raised the possibility of throwing out nearly all of the case, though authorities are continuing to search for the document.

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