Former Berkeley deputy, two others arrested in sting

Published: Mar. 31, 2014 at 8:47 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 1, 2014 at 12:37 AM EDT
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A former Berkeley County deputy who went to prison for selling cocaine to an undercover informant was arrested again in the same manner along with two others, Homeland Security agents say.

Court papers state 58 year old Danny Dye, 39 year old Keith Scott, and 39 year old Johnny Middleton were arrested at a Charlotte shopping center Wednesday, March 26. Agents say that after his arrest, Dye agreed to cooperate with investigators and told them Scott gave him between $54,000 and $55,000 to use to buy cocaine from an undercover agent.

Dye met with an undercover officer from the Department of Homeland Security six times to discuss Dye wanting to buy cocaine, according to the criminal complaint. Dye offered to launder the money or make it look like the cash was being used for legitimate purposes, the complaint states.

The documents also state Dye told the undercover officer at one point he was "on the right side," which the officer took to mean that Dye was saying he was once a law enforcement officer. The papers state Dye also said he was taking a risk and looking at "life" if he was arrested.

A court affidavit states Dye met with the undercover officer six times in February and March in various locations, and one of those meetings happened in North Charleston.

Dye was a Berkeley County deputy in charge of the Narcotics squad in 1989 when he sold cocaine to an undercover informant, records show. Dye lost his job and was sentenced to 27 months in prison.

Dye was arrested again on state charges in 2011 for having illegal gambling machines, court records state.

Dye, Scott and Middleton all face charges of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with the intent to distribute at least five kilograms of cocaine; attempted possession with intent to distribute at least five kilograms of cocaine; and conspiracy to launder drug proceeds, the criminal complaint states.

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