Former Cherryville officer pleads guilty
A former Cherryville narcotics detective has pleaded guilty to four offenses in U.S. District Court.
Forty-one-year-old Frankie Dellinger of Cherryville faces up to 65 years in prison and fines of up to $1 million when he is sentenced for his role in a scheme that involved five other men.
Dellinger pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiracy, money laundering and two counts of extortion.
The plea agreement states that Dellinger used his status as a police officer to receive and transport stolen goods. Dellinger also admitted taking bribes and keeping money he thought came from illegal transactions.
He and the other defendants are accused of taking thousands of dollars and merchandise in what was actually under undercover operation conducted by federal agents.
Three of the other suspects were involved in law enforcement.