DALLAS (AP) - A search warrant affidavit says a Texas constable admitted to the
FBI that he had the offices of other officials secretly bugged after they were
accused of illegally forcing motorists to forfeit cash.
The federal affidavit quotes Shelby County Constable Fred Walker as saying he
authorized the installation of hidden surveillance cameras and digital
recorders. The document also includes a statement from a witness who claims
Walker sold drugs seized from suspects.
An attorney for Walker, who hasn't been charged, says the constable never told
the FBI that he authorized installation of listening devices and never sold
Walker, at the time of the alleged bugging, was city marshal in Tenaha
Seizures of cash from motorists stopped in Tenaha, in East Texas, have led to
lawsuits and a criminal investigation.
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