- Associated Press - Thursday, June 30, 2016

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A former Jackson police officer has pleaded guilty to a federal charge relating to money he stole from a suspected drug dealer who was actually an undercover FBI agent.

Bryan Jones, 44, pleaded guilty Wednesday before U.S. District Judge Daniel Jordan to one count of interfering with commerce by threats or violence. Jones faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine at sentencing, scheduled for Sept. 23. He remains free on $10,000 bail.

Jones was indicted on five counts in October after he was arrested and fired by the Jackson Police Department. The FBI and Jackson police set up a sting operation after residents told FBI agents that Jones was informing drug dealers of police activity and raiding their rivals, according to authorities.

Prosecutors said an undercover informant told Jones that someone was coming to Jackson to buy drugs in April 2015, and officials say Jones drove his police car to a meeting point, searched the agent’s vehicle and took $5,000. They say Jones then met the undercover informant and split the money, giving the informant $2,500.

As part of a plea agreement, authorities said, charges alleging Jones stole $4,000 in 2014 under similar circumstances would be dropped.

Prosecutors said Tuesday that Jones confessed to FBI agents that he robbed the people, telling the agents he knew it was wrong but that he needed the money.

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