Narcotics Officer of the Year Indicted On Drug Charges

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A Memphis police sergeant who was named Tennessee Narcotics Officer of the Year for 2006 is charged with selling illegal anabolic steroids.

Sergeant Brady Valentine also is charged with tipping off drug dealers about surveillance and investigations.

The 36-year-old officer was indicted yesterday and relieved of duty after a federal complaint was unsealed.

The complaint was based on information from informants, wire taps and taped conversations.

Valentine was honored by his department earlier this year for an interstate drug bust that netted 4.5 pounds of black-tar heroin that led to charges against 80 people in seven states.

He was named the state's top narcotics officer last month at the Tennessee Narcotics Officers Association annual convention in Gatlinburg.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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