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Judicial marshal admits he used job to protect drug supplier

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Federal officials say a Connecticut judicial marshal admitted he sold heroin and used his job as a shield to protect a drug supplier.

Officials say 37-year-old Adam Clarke waived his right to be indicted and pleaded guilty to drug charges in federal court in Bridgeport. The Norwich Bulletin reports Clarke had previously worked as a state judicial marshal in the Norwich and New London area.

Police said Clarke received prescription pills from a known drug dealer while he was at work and assisted the drug dealer in avoiding detection by law enforcement.

Authorities say he also agreed to broker at least one heroin transaction between the dealer and a third party.

Clarke will be sentenced on Jan. 17, and faces up to 20 years in prison.

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