LITTLE ROCK — Federal authorities announced the arrest Monday of a state parole officer on a charge of extorting cash payments from drug traffickers under her supervision.
Roxanne Davis, 38, of Wynne, a parole-probation officer with the state Department of Community Correction, is accused in a federal complaint of accepting cash from two men in return for not enforcing conditions of their parole and probation, and for alerting one of the men of authorities’ interest in his drug trafficking activities.
The complaint names Torrence Turner and Anthony Hall. Federal authorities said Turner, also known as Hot Shot, was on parole from a 1995 first-degree murder conviction and Hall was on probation from two drug trafficking convictions. Turner and Hall pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court in Little Rock to conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute. Both were charged in connection with “Operation Delta Blues,” a 2011 federal sweep targeting drug trafficking and public corruption in eastern Arkansas.
In an affidavit filed in support of the complaint against Davis, federal authorities said they intercepted telephone conversations between Davis and Turner in wiretaps related to the Delta Blues investigation. During the calls, Davis solicited money, goods and a car from Turner, authorities said.
If convicted on the extortion charge, Davis could face up to 20 years in prison and up to a $250,000 fine.
Turner pleaded guilty as part of a plea deal in which the government agreed to recommend a 30-year prison sentence. The deal is subject to approval by U.S. District Judge James M. Moody.
Hall’s plea has no agreed-to sentence, although authorities said he could face a statutory minimum sentence of five years based on the quantity of drugs he handled.