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Officer allegedly took cash, drugs in bribery case, the FBI says

A San Luis Obispo police detective was arrested on suspicion of taking drugs and cash in a bribery scheme, federal authorities said Tuesday.

Cory Pierce, 39, was taken into custody by FBI agents Tuesday morning after he was charged with one count of bribery in a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, authorities said.

Pierce, a detective with the San Luis Obispo Police Department, is charged with taking cash and narcotics from two people he described as "cooperating witnesses" while he worked on a multi-agency task force. In return, Pierce allegedly provided the pair with drugs for their own use as well as fake drugs to sell to dealers, according to the FBI.

The two people are now cooperating with the FBI in the ongoing criminal investigation. The complaint alleges that Pierce provided one of his sources methamphetamine that was still in police evidence bags. 

Pierce is charged with having one of his sources set up a meeting with a drug dealer. "Following the meeting, Pierce pulled over the dealer's vehicle at gunpoint, seized morphine pills and let the dealer go without making an arrest," the FBI said in a statement.

Pierce also allegedly informed his sources about ongoing police investigations and the best places to buy drugs, according to authorities.

He was expected to appear before a magistrate judge Tuesday afternoon in federal court in Los Angeles. 

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