- Associated Press - Friday, August 17, 2018

CHARLESTON, Miss. (AP) - Supervisors have appointed a new sheriff in a Mississippi Delta county after the previous sheriff resigned amid charges that he protected a drug dealer in exchange for bribes.

Tallahatchie County attorney Tommy Reynolds says supervisors on Thursday appointed Jimmy Fly to serve until after general elections in 2019.

Fly was a sheriff’s deputy before election as justice court judge in 2015.

Former sheriff William Brewer resigned Tuesday after he was arrested Friday on conspiracy and extortion charges. Federal prosecutors allege Brewer took bribes for 15 years to protect an unnamed drug dealer. The FBI says it converted the drug dealer into an informant in June and recorded the informant telling Brewer of fake plans to rob a methamphetamine dealer. The FBI says the informant paid Brewer $10,000 in FBI-tracked bribes.

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