Clayton Co. officer accused of conspiring with drug dealer

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CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. —

A Clayton County police officer is facing federal charges for accusations that he conspired with a drug dealer.

According to the criminal complaint, Dwayne Penn, also known as "Guns," worked with a drug dealer to plan to conduct fake arrests, seize cocaine and sell it to divide the profits.

The FBI said Penn and suspected drug dealer Adrian Austin, also known as "Meech," scouted a DeKAlb County shopping center on Tuesday and agents set a plan to arrest Penn in motion the following day.

A report filed by the FBI agent in charge of the investigation said that Penn planned to fake a drug bust in front of a drug supplier and then keep the cocaine and divide it up for sale. The FBI said Penn and Austin did not know that the third person they recruited was a confidential informant who tipped off federal agents.

Penn shed tears in court as the charges of official corruption and drug trafficking were read to him.

A sworn statement from an FBI agent obtained by Winne said Officer Dwayne Penn was assigned to the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force.

"Penn's abuse of trust is shocking. Police officers who manipulate thier positions create mistrust with people they are sworn to protect," U.S. Attorney Sally Yates said in a statement.

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In 2004, Penn survived being shot in the head in the line of duty as a rookie officer.