Tallahatchie County sheriff arrested on federal narcotics trafficking and extortion charges

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The sheriff of Tallahatchie County has been arrested on federal narcotics trafficking and extortion charges, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

William Brewer, 58, appeared in court on Friday before federal judge Roy Percy. He is now in the U.S. Marshals Service custody with preliminary and detention hearings set for August 14 at 10 a.m. in the federal courthouse in Oxford.

The arrest announcement was made Friday by William Lamar, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Mississippi and Christopher Freeze of the FBI, according to a news release by U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Brewer is charged with conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, and extortion and bribery under color of official right in violation of the Hobbs Act.

If convicted, he will face up to 20 years in prison on each count, as well as fines ranging from $250,000 to a million dollars per count.

Executive director of the Mississippi Sheriffs’ Association, Stacie Rutland, said the organization did not have a comment.

“We don’t know anything except what we’ve heard about through the grapevine,” a clerk in the Tallahatchie County clerk’s office told Mississippi Today.

Mississippi Today has reached out to the county’s board attorney, Tommy Reynolds, for comment.