Officer re-arrested for drug trafficking using badge

Former Prichard police officer Edmond Burke has been re-arrested and charged with trafficking cocaine and two counts of possession.

The US Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task force found and arrested Burke after 9pm on Wednesday, April 16.

In an exclusive interview with FOX10 News, Burke said he was fighting to get his job back after federal officials dropped the trafficking charges against him.

FOX10 News has learned the state picked up the case and plans to follow through.

Federal prosecutors accused Burke, a two-year veteran of the police force, of making regular drug runs using his position as a shield back in August 2013.

Authorities said they arranged a recorded phone call between a cooperating defendant and Burke’s cousin, Raymond Williams.

The pair discussed the delivery of 5 kilos of cocaine using Officer Burke as a cover.

Court documents allege the informant told officials Burke had run drugs before and evaded capture because he was an officer.

Authorities say Williams agreed to the cocaine buy and would complete the delivery for $15,000.

Williams and Burke showed up at a truck stop in Grand Bay when the alleged “deal” began and the pair was arrested.

Burke however says he had no knowledge that drugs were being exchanged at the truck stop and believes the cooperating defendant used his cousin to “setup an officer.”

FOX10 News is working to get more information and will update this story.

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