Memphis dropped as defendant in dealers' lawsuit

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A federal judge has dismissed Memphis as a defendant in a lawsuit by two men police say were drug buyers.

Reginald Brown and Nicholas Biles claimed they were carrying more than $30,000 when Memphis Police Department Officer Arthur Sease stopped their car and took their money.

The Commercial Appeal reported Tuesday that U. S. District Judge Robert Cleland granted the city's motion to be dismissed from the case, saying no evidence created a genuine issue for trial.

Brown and Biles filed a complaint with police when their money was taken. The investigation showed a conspiracy existed that included Sease, several other officers and drug dealers. Prosecutors said the dealers informed on other dealers and buyers.

Sease is serving life plus 255 years in a federal prison.

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