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Trial begins for ex-deputy charged with distributing drugs

November 13, 2019

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Testimony has begun in the trial of a former West Virginia sheriff’s deputy facing federal drug distribution charges.

The Exponent Telegram reports prosecutors called former Harrison County Deputy Tim Rock “a drug dealer with a badge” in opening statements Tuesday before calling witnesses including a confidential informant to the stand.

The informant testified that Rock supplied him with heroin.

Defense attorney Mike Hissam said his client is innocent. He questioned the credibility of the informant and said his client had no motive to distribute drugs.

Earlier this year, Rock was found guilty in state court of falsifying documentation of payments made to confidential informants while he worked on the now-defunct Harrison County Street Crimes and Drug unit.

Authorities say the case could go to the jury Thursday.

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Information from: The Exponent Telegram, http://www.theet.com