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Former Jackson Police Officer denied bond

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Ex-Jackson Police Officer Monyette Jefferson made his initial appearance in U.S. District Court Monday.

He is accused of taking bribes to protect drug dealers.

The Jackson native is one of three former officers arrested for accepting money to guard several cocaine shipments in June of 2010.

Twenty-five-year old Terrence Jenkins and 25-year-old Anthony Payne, Jr. remain free on bond.

Jefferson was denied bond and order by U.S. Magistrate Linda Anderson to remain detained until further hearings.

The judge said Jefferson used his badge as a shield and is a danger to the community because he admitted to planning a violent crime to federal agents.

FBI Agent Brendan Sheehan testified Monday that Jefferson admitted that there was a conspiracy with three others to commit an armed robbery of the undercover agent who posed as a drug dealer if there would have been a future drug transaction.

The 27-year-old's defense attorney, Faye Peterson, indicated that her client was recruited by the undercover agent who coerced him to involve another officer in the scheme.

"He is not a flight risk and I don't think he poses a serious danger to the community. We will try to ask the court to maybe place more restrictions on it and see if he won't be reconsidered pending an indictment or other form of proceedings on this case," said Peterson.

Jefferson's parents were in court and were prepared to post bond. They did not want to talk about the case.

Assistant U. S. Attorney Jerry Rushing also declined comment.

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