BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – A second Huntsville man was arrested Wednesday in connection to a conspiracy to bribe a Huntsville police officer to make cocaine trafficking charges go away.
Federal authorities said Cedric Duane Ryans, 42, was arrested Wednesday on charges he conspired with Huntsville police officer Lewis Hall in efforts to fix cocaine trafficking charges against an individual arrested by another Huntsville officer. Ryans was indicted by a grand jury last week.
The indictment said Ryans conspired with Hall to pay a second officer $5,000 if that officer would claim a vehicle search he conducted, which resulted in drug-trafficking charges against an “Individual A,” was unlawful. If the officer claimed the search was unlawful, the criminal case against that individual go away. The Huntsville officer who conducted the vehicle search and assisted in the investigation of Hall and Ryans is identified only as “cooperating officer.”
Hall pleaded guilty to the conspiracy Feb. 24 and is scheduled for sentencing July 14. According to Ryans’ indictment, Ryans provided Hall money to bribe the cooperating officer.
The FBI investigated the case in conjunction with the Huntsville Police Department.