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Former Bridgeton Police Officer Admits to Bribery, Obstructing Justice

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) -  A former police officer in north St. Louis County entered a guilty plea Wednesday morning to charges of obstructing justice and accepting a bribe.

Earlier this year, 38-year-old Scott William Haenel met with someone who offered the Bridgeton police officer $5,000 in cash to assist in a money laundering scheme involving drug trafficking funds.

Haenel took the money and agreed to the deal.

He also tipped off the other person upon learning that DEA agents and St. Charles police were going to search his home.

That person turned out to be cooperating with an FBI investigation and Haenel was placed under arrest.

Haenel faces up to 30 years in federal prison and a $500,000 in fines when he’s sentenced in July.

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