- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 14, 2016

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - A former Drug Enforcement Administration agent was sentenced Tuesday to a year and a day in prison, having pleaded guilty to charges stemming from his demanding cash from an imprisoned drug trafficker’s brother.

The Tampa Bay Times reports (https://bit.ly/2gJecNp ) 62-year-old Samuel Murad, once a respected federal agent, apologized in court Tuesday for his role in a scheme that centered on securing an early release for Joe Pegg.

Murad helped send Pegg to prison in the 1990s.

The scheme that ensnared Murad - and another former DEA agent who’s already been sentenced - began in 2009 when Pegg’s lawyer hired Murad to assist in getting Pegg a reduced sentence.

Federal rules prohibited Murad from doing anything on Pegg’s behalf.

Court records show Murad sent Pegg’s brother an email demanding $700,000.


Information from: Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.), https://www.tampabay.com.

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