CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. - A former Clayton County police officer walked out of a federal courtroom and headed for prison.
Dwayne Penn, formerly a police officer with the Clayton County Police Department assigned to the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force, was sentenced Friday to 10 years of prison for conspiring to distribute cocaine.
Documents said Penn conspired with an Atlanta-based drug dealer to use his official position as an officer to stage a fake traffic stop of a car they believed would have 6 kilograms of cocaine and seize it for themselves.
On Aug. 28, 2013, Penn was terminated from the Clayton County Police Department and the Marshals Service Task Force.
Penn pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute over 5 kilograms of cocaine, pursuant to a negotiated plea agreement, on Jan. 21, 2014.
In addition to the 10-year term of imprisonment, Penn was also sentenced by United States District Judge Amy Totenberg to five years of supervised release, 120 hours of community service following his release from prison, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment.